Crafts: Knitting, Crocheting, Tatting Abbreviations

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beg beginning
bet between
bl block
cc contrasting color
ch chain
cl cluster
cont continue
cr close ring
dc double crochet
dec decrease
dpn double-pointed needle
ds double stitch
dtr double treble
est establish (established)
hdc half double crochet
incr increase
incl including
k knit
lp loop
mc main color
p purl (knitting) or picot (tatting)
pat pattern
prev previous
psso pass slip-stitch over
r ring
rem remaining
rep repeat
rev sc reverse single crochet
rev st st reverse stockinette stitch
rnd round
RS right side
rw reverse work
sc single crochet
sk skip
sl slip
sl st slip stitch
sp space
sr small ring
ssk slip next two stitches singly to right-hand needle knitwise, insert tip of left needle through front loop of both stitches and knit together
st stitch
st st stockinette stitch
tog together
trc treble crochet
work even continue making the pattern over the same number of stitches without increasing or decreasing
WS wrong side
wyib with yarn in back
wyif with yarn in front
yf yarn forward
yo yarn over
yrn yarn ‘round needle
* repeat whatever follows the * as indicated
( ) work directions in parenthesis the number of times specified
[ ] repeat between brackets as indicated


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