Make 1 With Backward Loop Use Purl 2 Together (p2tog) Insert the left needle through both slipped stitches in front of the right needle. Knit these two stitches together. your thumb to make a backward loop of yarn over the right needle. Slip the loop from your thumb onto the needle and pull to tighten. Insert the right needle through the next two stitches on the left needle as if to purl. Purl these two stitches together as one. Slip, Slip, Purl (ssp) Decrease (dec) Slip the next two stitches, one at a time, from the left needle to the right needle as if to knit. Slip these stitches back to the left needle keeping them twisted. Purl these two stitches together through their back loops. Knit 2 Together (k2tog) Slip, Slip, Knit (ssk) Insert the right needle through the next two stitches on the left needle as if to knit. Knit these two stitches together as one. Slip the next two stitches, one at a time, from the left needle to the right needle as if to knit. Standard Abbreviations k knit  work instructions within brackets as many times as directed work instructions within parentheses in the place directed repeat instructions following the asterisks as directed repeat instructions following the single asterisk as directed inch(es) approximately beg begin/begins/beginning CC contrasting color ch chain stitch cm centimeter(s) cable needle dec( decrease/decreases/ decreasing dpn( double-point needle(s) gram(s) increase/increases/ increasing sk2p slip 1 knitwise, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over the stitch from the knit- 2-together decrease—a left- leaning double decrease sl slip sl sl sl k2tog knit 2 stitches together kfb knit in front and back kwise knitwise LH left hand m meter(s) main color millimeter(s) ounce(s) purl p2tog purl 2 stitches together pat( pattern(s) place marker psso pass slipped stitch over pwise purlwise rem remain/remains/remaining rep( repeat(s) reverse stockinette stitch RH right hand rnd( rounds RS right side skp slip 1 knitwise, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over—a left- leaning decrease () Skill Levels MC mm oz p ** 1 kwise 1 pwise st(s) ssk slip 1 knitwise slip 1 purlwise slipped stitch(es) slip 2 stitches, 1 at a time, knitwise; knit these stitches together through the back loops—a left-leaning decrease st( stitch(es) stockinette stitch tbl through back loop(s) together WS wrong side with yarn in back wyif with yarn in front yd( yard(s) yarn forward yarn over(s) BEGINNER * For the first-time knitter, incorporating basic knit and purl stitches. s) "approx CONFIDENT BEGINNER pm Geared toward the beginner who is eager to learn new tech- niques. Projects geared toward first-time knitters, including simple stitch patterns that introduce basic techniques, such as simple decreasing and increasing and yarn overs. s) St st s) rev St st cn tog s) EASY s) wyib s) Projects using basic stitches, repetitive stitch patterns, simple color changes and minimal shaping and finishing. Simple in-the-round projects, such as hats, neck warmers and cowls fall within this skill category, as well as the ability to read simple stitch charts and keys. g inc(s) s) yfwd (yo’s) yo Standard Yarn Weight System INTERMEDIATE Categories of yarn, gauge ranges and recommended needle sizes. Projects that incorporate a wide variety of stitch patterns, such as basic cables, lace and simple intarsia, as well as knitting in the round with double-point needles and more complex shaping and finishing. The knitter has the ability to read more advanced stitch pattern charts, such as lace and cable charts. Yarn Weight Symbol & Category Names Lace, Fingering, 10-Count Crochet Thread Sock, Fingering, Baby Worsted, Afghan, Aran Super Chunky, Roving Type of Yarns in Category Sport, Baby DK, Light Worsted Chunky, Craft, Rug Roving MODERATELY CHALLENGING Knit Gauge* Ranges in Stockinette Stitch to 4 inches 33– 40 sts** 7–11 sts 6 sts and fewer 27–32 sts 23–26 sts 21–24 sts 16–20 sts 12–15 sts Projects that utilize a wide variety of stitch patterns and techniques as noted above, as well as short rows and stranded colorwork with minimal color changes. Recommended Needle in Metric Size Range 1.5– 2.25mm 2.25– 3.25mm 3.25– 3.75mm 3.75– 4.5mm 4.5– 5.5mm 5.5– 8mm 8– 12.75mm 12.75mm and larger CHALLENGING Recommended Needle U.S. Size Range 11 to 17 17 and larger 000 to 1 1 to 3 3 to 5 5 to 7 7 to 9 9 to 11 Projects that require a more intuitive understanding of a pattern or chart and that also include advanced stitch patterns and techniques, as well as more intricate methods, such as intarsia, cables, lace and stranded colorwork with numerous color changes. Projects in this category may also involve advanced shaping and construction techniques. * GUIDELINES ONLY: The above reflect the most commonly used gauges and needle sizes for specific yarn categories. ** Lace weight yarns are often knitted on larger needles and hooks to create lacy, openwork patterns. Accordingly, a gauge range is difficult to determine. Always follow the gauge stated in your pattern. FOLLOW US @ CreativeKnittingMagazine. com/ blog
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