COMMONLY USED ABBREVIATIONS
BO: bind off
CC: contrast color
CO: cast on
cs: center stitch
k2tog: knit 2 sts together
k3tog: knit 3 sts together
kfb: knit into front and back of stitch
kyo8k: (K1, yo) 8 times into the same stitch without taking it off the left needle, then knit into that same stitch once more and take it off the left needle, resulting in 17 total sts coming out of 1 stitch. 16 increased sts.
m1: (make 1) increase 1 stitch using the backwards loop cast on method
M1L: (make 1 left) with left needle, lift strand between sts from the front,
knit through the back loop
M1R: (make 1 right) with left needle, lift strand between sts from the back,
knit through the front loop
MC: main color
pfb: purl into front and back of stitch
pm: place marker
p2tog: purl 2 sts together
p3tog: purl 3 sts together
RS: right side
sl: slip stitch purl-wise unless instructed otherwise
slm: slip marker
ssk: (slip slip knit) slip first stitch knit-wise, slip second stitch knit-wise, knit those 2 sts together tbl
tbl: through back loop
WS: wrong side
wyib: with yarn in back
wyif: with yarn in front
w&t: (wrap and turn) Bring yarn to front as if you are about to purl, slip one stitch purl-wise. Turn work to other side. Strand of yarn is now in back of work. Bring yarn to the front, slip one stitch back to right needle. Continue to knit or purl the next stitch as instructed.
yf: yarn forward
yo: yarn over
brk: brioche knit also known as bark, knit the stitch (that was slipped in the previous row) together with its yarn over.
brkyobrk: Two new stitches spring out of the center of one stitch with this increase. Work a brkyobrk as follows: brk1 (leave stitch on the needle), yo (yarn forward under needle then over needle to back), then brk1 into same stitch. 2 sts increased.
brkyo8brk: (brk1, yo) 8 times into the same stitch, brk1 again into the same stitch. There should be 17 sts coming from the knit stitch before the marker. 16 sts increased.
brp: brioche purl also known as burp, purl the stitch (that was slipped in the previous row) together with its yarn over.
brLsl dec: (2-stitch decrease that slants to the left, involving 3 sts) Slip the first stitch knit-wise, brk the following two stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over.
brRsl dec: (a 2-stitch decrease that slants to the right, involving 3 sts) Slip the first stitch knit-wise, knit the next stitch, pass the slipped stitch over, place stitch on left hand needle and pass the following stitch over. Place st on right hand needle.
sl1yo following a k or brk st: (slip 1 yarn over) bring the working yarn under the needle to the front of the work, slip the next stitch purl-wise, then bring the yarn over the needle (and over the slipped stitch) to the back, in position to work the following stitch.
sl1yo following a p or brp st: (slip 1 yarn over) working yarn is already in front, slip the next stitch purl-wise, then bring the yarn over the needle (and over the slipped stitch), then to the front under the needle, into position to work the following stitch.
zAB: cross color A strand over color B. Crossing strands of yarn will ensure that there are not holes in the fabric. Do the same for xBA. The strand of yarn just worked is crossed over the strand of yarn that is about to he worked. The cross always happens with yarn in back on the RS and with yarn in front on the WS.
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