Pattern Key

Conventions

Asterisk * = Repeat the directions following the asterisk as many times as indicated. 

 

  • Example: *K1, P1; repeat from * to end of row = Knit 1 stitch and purl 1 stitch, repeat this sequence to the end of the row.

 

Parentheses ( ) = Commonly used in multiple ways within knitting patterns. The main ones follow:

 

  • To present multiple sizing options and/or instructions. If a pattern offers multiple sizes, numbers in the pattern will be given first for the smallest size with numbers for larger sizes following in parentheses.
    •  Example: If a pattern offers sizes Small (Medium, Large) and tells you to cast on 6 (8, 10) stitches that means you will cast on 6 stitches for size Small, 8 stitches for size Medium, or 10 stitches for size Large.

 

  • Additional row information. Often you will see (RS) or (WS) next to a row number to indicate which side you are working on. 
      • Example:

    Round 1 (RS): K10

    Round 2 (WS): P10

     

    Gauge (tension) - We always provide a gauge in our patterns. This indicates how tight or loose you should knit your piece. If our gauge says 4sts for 3'' and 4 rows for 2'', that means 4 stitches should fit in 3'' and that 4 rows should fit in 2'' measurement. If you have 5 stitches in 3'' that means you are knitting a little bit too tight, or 2 stitches in 3'' - a little too loose.

     

    C1 = Color 1 (C2 = Color 2, etc)

     

    C4B (Cable 4 Back) = Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next 2 stitches from left-hand needle, then knit stitches from cable needle

     

    C4F (Cable 4 Front) = Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold at front of work, knit next 2 stitches from left-hand needle, then knit stitches from cable needle

     

    ch = chain stitch in crocheting

     

    K = Knit

     

    K1 = Knit 1 stitch

     

    K1B = Knit 1 below (used in Fisherman Rib Stitch)

     

    K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together

     

    KFB = Increase by knitting through front and back of stitch

     

    M1 = Increase by making 1 stitch

     

    ML = Make Loop stitch

     

    P = Purl

     

    P1 = Purl 1 stitch

     

    P1B = Purl 1 Below (used in Fisherman Rib Stitch)

     

    P2tog = Purl 2 stitches together

     

    psso = Pass slipped stitch over

     

    pm = Place marker

     

    Rep = Repeat

     

    Rnd = Round

     

    RS = Right side of work (outside of garment)

     

    SL = Slip stitch

     

    ssk = slip, slip, knit

     

    Sts = stitches

     

    St st = stockinette stitch

     

    T3B (Twist 3 back) = Slip next stitch onto cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next 2 stitches from left-hand needle, then purl stitch from cable needle

     

    T3F (Twist 3 front) = Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold at front of work, purl next stitch from left-hand needle then knit stitches from cable needles

     

    WS = Wrong side of work (inside of garment)


    YO = Yarn over - wrap yarn around right needle