Glossary

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English (US/in) English (UK/cm)
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1 inch=2,54 cm 1 inch=2,54 cm
2 rows garter st 2 rows garter st
a crochet stitch a crochet stitch
acrylic acrylic
alike, similary alike, similary
all all
also also
alternate (alt) alternate (alt)
alternately (alt) alternately (alt)
alternative (alt) alternative (alt)
altogether altogether
always always
approx approx
approximately approximately
arm (sleeve) arm (sleeve)
armhole armhole
as as
aside aside
at the same time at the same time
back back
back loop (of st) back loop (of st)
back, through of loop back, through of loop
backstitch backstitch
ball ball
begin(ning) begin(ning)
behind behind
bind off (BO) bind off (BO)
bind off /fasten off cast off /fasten off
bind off /fasten off cast off / fasten off
binding off casting off
bobble bobble
body body
body body
border border
buttonhole buttonhole
buttons buttons
cable (braids) cable (braids)
cable needle cable needle
cable needle, cn cable needle, cn
cap, hood cap, hood
cardigan cardigan
cast on (CO) cast on (CO)
casting (eg for elastic) casting (eg for elastic)
center center
central stitch central stitch
centre front/back centre front/back
Chain stitch (ch) Chain stitch (ch)
change change
chest measurement chest measurement
chest measurement chest measurement
circular needle circular needle
collar collar
color color
complete length complete length
continue continue
cotton cotton
crochet crochet
crochet border crochet border
crochet hook crochet hook
cross cross
cross stitch cross stitch
cuff cuff
decreasing decreasing
divide divide
divide at the center divide at the center
divided on 4 double-pointed needles divided on 4 double-pointed needles
Double crochet (dc) Treble crochet (tr)
double pointed needles double pointed needles
draw through a loop draw through a loop
dress dress
drop a stitch drop a stitch
drop a stitch drop a stitch
each each
edge edge
edge stitch edge stitch
elastic elastic
embroidery embroidery
even even
every every
every every
every other every other
except except
explanation explanation
eyelet pattern eyelet pattern
fasten off fasten off
finishing finishing
first first
fishermans rib fishermans rib
fold fold
following following
following following
from * to * from * to *
front band front band
front band (with buttonholes) front band (with buttonholes)
front edge front edge
front loop front loop
front piece front piece
front side (of work), right side, RS front side (of work), right side, RS
garter st garter st
garter stitch garter stitch
garter stitch (2 rows) garter stitch (2 rows)
gauge(US), tension (UK) gauge(US), tension (UK)
half fishermans rib half fishermans rib
hank of yarn, skein hank of yarn, skein
hem hem
hem hem
hips hips
including including
increase increase
increase increase
inwards inwards
join join
k1p1, knit one, purl one k1p1, knit one, purl one
K2, P2 K2, P2
k2tog knit 2 together k2tog knit 2 together
knit knit
knit in the round knit in the round
knit into back of stitch knit into back of stitch
knit row knit row
knit stitch, stockinette st knit stitch, stockinette st
knit up stitches knit up stitches
knitting knitting
knitting needle knitting needle
lace lace
last last
leave remaining leave remaining
left left
length length
lengthwise lengthwise
lengthwise lengthwise
like this like this
long long
loop loop
loop loop
loop loop
marker marker
measure measure
measurement measurement
mirrored mirrored
miss/pass over/skip miss/pass over/skip
months months
moss stitch moss stitch
MT marking thread MT marking thread
multiple mult multiple mult
neckband neckband
neckline neckline
needle needle
Note Note
number of rows number of rows
number of rows in length number of rows in length
number, no number, no
odd number of row odd number of row
odd number of stitches odd number of stitches
one one
one size one size
only only
only only
opening opening
opposite side opposite side
or or
ounces oz (1 oz=28,35 g) ounces oz (1 oz=28,35 g)
over over
over each other over each other
oz ounces oz ounces
p2tog - purl 2 together p2tog - purl 2 together
pass slipped stitch over pass slipped stitch over
pass the slip stitch over (psso) pass the slip stitch over (psso)
pattern pattern
pattern pattern
pattern repeat pattern repeat
pick up pick up
place place
place place
place place
place on stitch holder place on stitch holder
pleat pleat
pleat pleat
pm - place marker pm - place marker
pocket pocket
pound (lbs) pound (lbs)
previous previous
previous row previous row
pullover/sweater pullover/sweater
purl stitch, p purl stitch, p
remaining remaining
remaining remaining
repeat (rapport) repeat (rapport)
repeat these x rowsreverse (rev) repeat these x rowsreverse (rev)
reverse reverse
reverse stocking stitch (1 row purl sts RS, 1 row knit sts WS) reverse stocking stitch (1 row purl sts RS, 1 row knit sts WS)
rib rib
ribbed knitting ribbed knitting
right right
right front right front
right needle right needle
right side right side
round round
row of eyelet holes row of eyelet holes
row, round row, round
row, round row, round
same same
scarf scarf
scarf scarf
seam seam
second second
separate, separated separate, separated
sew seams sew seams
shape shape
short short
shoulder shoulder
shoulder seams shoulder seams
size size
skip a stitch skip a stitch
skirt skirt
sleeve top/cap shaping sleeve top/cap shaping
slip 1 stitch, sl 1 slip 1 stitch, sl 1
slip one knitwise (sl1 kw) slip one knitwise (sl1 kw)
slip stitch (sl st) slip stitch (sl st)
slm - slip marker slm - slip marker
slope slope
small small
space space
split split
stitch stitch
stitch holder stitch holder
stitch, st stitch, st
stitches used stitches used
stockinette stitch stocking stitch s/s
stockinette stitch (St st) stockinette stitch (St st)
stretch stretch
stretch stretch
stripes stripes
suitable suitable
take in / decrease take in / decrease
tension (UK), gauge (US) tension (UK), gauge (US)
then then
then then
through through
through front of loop (tfl) through front of loop (tfl)
times times
to make up/join to make up/join
together, altog together, altog
top shaping top shaping
transfer transfer
Treble crochet (tr) Double treble crochet (dtr)
Triple treble crochet Quadruple treble crochet
turn turn
turn (the work) turn (the work)
turtle neck turtle neck
twisted or crossed stitch twisted or crossed stitch
UK:Half treble crochet (htr) US:Half double crochet (hdc) UK:Half treble crochet (htr) US:Half double crochet (hdc)
UK:Triple treble crochet, US:Double treble crochet (dtr) UK:Triple treble crochet, US:Double treble crochet (dtr)
US:Single crochet (sc) Double crochet (dc)
vest vest
wool wool
work (knitting) work (knitting)
work a multiple of work a multiple of
work back work back
work straight, work even work straight, work even
wrong side, WS wrong side, WS
yarn yarn
yarn yarn
yarn behind yarn behind
yarn forward yarn forward
yarn round needle yarn round needle
year year
YO yarn over YO yarn over
yoke yoke
yoke yoke