Knitting stitches Abbreviations Explained

Definitions of Cable Knitting Pattern Symbols
Special Knitting Abbreviations
There are a variety of methods that can be used when it comes to knitting cables. There are also many ways for these particular pattern instructions to be represented by their abbreviations. In other words, there can be more than one abbreviation to represent the same cable. It is best to review the designer’s instructions as there will be a key or a guide defining those shown in the pattern.
The following are some of the more common cable expressions represented in their abbreviated code:
C2F = Cable 2 back or Cross 2 front – generally meaning slip the next two stitches onto a cable needle and hold at the front, knit the next stitch on the left hand needle and then knit the two stitches on the cable needle.
C2B = Cable 2 back or Cross 2 back – generally meaning slip the next two stitches onto a cable needle and hold at the back, knit the next stitch on the left hand needle and then knit the two stitches on the cable needle.
C3F = Cable 3 front or cross 3 front when you slip two stitches onto a cable needle and hold in front of work, knit 1 (k1) from left-hand needle, knit 2 (k2) from cable needle.
C3B = Cable 3 back or cross 3 back when you “slip one stitch onto cable needle and hold behind work, knit 2 (k2) from left-hand needle, knit 1 (k1) from cable needle.”
C4F = Cable 4 front or cross 4 front when you slip two stitches onto a cable needle and hold in front of work, knit 2 (k2) from left-hand needle, knit 2 (k2) from cable needle.
C4B = Cable 4 back or cross 4 back when you “slip two stitches onto a cable needle and hold behind work, knit 2 (k2) from left-hand needle, then knit 2 (k2) from cable needle.”
C6F is a six-stitch left-twisting cable and is accomplished when you slip three stitches (sts) onto a cable needle and hold in front of work. Knit 3 (K3) from left hand needle, then knit 3 (K3) from cable needle.
C6B is a six-stitch right-twisting cable and is accomplished when you slip three stitches (sts) onto a cable needle and hold behind work. Knit 3 (K3) from left hand needle, then knit 3 (K3) from cable needle.
C2FW = Cable 2 front or cross to front (on WS, or wrong side) and is accomplished when you “slip one stitch onto a cable needle and leave it at front of work (WS), pearl 1 (P1) from left-hand needle, pearl 1 (P1) from cable needle.
C2BW = Cable 2 back or cross 2 back (on WS, or wrong side) and is accomplished when you slip one stitch onto a cable needle and leave it at back of work (on RS, or right side), pearl 1 (P1) from left-hand needle, pearl 1 (P1) from cable needle.
Cr2R = knit the 2nd st on the LH needle, then the 1st, allow both stitches to drop.
Cr2L = knit the 2nd st on the LH needle through the back of the loop, then the 1st through the back of the loop, allow both sts to drop.
Cr3R = slip next st onto a cable needle and leave at back of work. K2, then P1 from cable needle.
Cr3L = slip next 2 sts onto a cable needle and leave at front of work. P1, then K2 from cable needle.
Cr4R = slip next st onto a cable needle and leave at back of work. K3, then P1 from cable needle.
Cr4L = slip the next 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front of work. P1 from left hand needle, then K3 from cable needle.
Cr4B = slip next st onto a cable needle and leave at back of work. K3, then K1 from cable needle.
Cr4F = slip next 3 sts onto a cable needle and leave at front of work. K1, then K3 from cable needle.
Cr5R = slip next st onto a cable needle and leave at back of work. K3, then P2 from cable needle.
Cr5L = slip next 3 sts onto a cable needle and leave at front of work. P2, then K3 from cable needle.
Tw2L = slip next st onto cable needle and leave at front of work, K1, then K1 from cable needle.
Tw2R = slip next st onto cable needle and leave at back of work, K1, then K1 from cable needle.
Tw2LW = twist Two Left – Slip 1 st to cable needle and hold in front on WS. K1, then knit the st from cable needle.
Tw2RW = twist Two right – Slip 1 st to cable needle and hold in back on WS. K1, then knit the st from cable needle.

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