Asterisk * = Repeat the directions following the asterisk as many times as indicated.
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.
- Additional row information. Often you will see (RS) or (WS) next to a row number to indicate which side you are working on.
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 4 sts for 3'' and 4 rows for 2'', that means 4 stitches should measure 3'' and that 4 rows should measure 2''. If you have 5 stitches in 3'' that means you are knitting a little bit too tight, or if you have 2 stitches in 3'' - that would be a little too loose.
Knitting AbbreviationsC1 = Color 1 (C1 = 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