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Knitting Glossary
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bind off Used to finish an edge or segment. Lift the first stitch over the 
second, the second over the third etc. 
(UK: cast off, German: Abketten) 

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bind off in ribbing Work in ribbing as you bind off. 
Knit the knit stitches, purl the purl stitches 
UK: cast off in ribbing 
German: Abketten laut Muster 

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3-needle bind-off With the right side of the two pieces facing and the needles parallel, 
insert a third needle into the first stitch on each needle and knit them 
together. Knit the next two stitches the same way. Slip the first stitch 
in the third needle over the second stitch and off the needle. Repeat 
for 3-needle bond off. 

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cast on A foundation row of stitches place upon the needle in order bo begin 
knitting. 

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C6B Put next 3 sts on calbe holder and leave at back of work, K3, then K3 
from holder 

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decrease Reduce the stitches in a row (i.e. knit 2 together) 

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increase Add stitches in a row (i.e. knit in front and back of stitch) 

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knitwise Insert the needle into the stitch as if you were going to knit it. 

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K2tog knit the next two together 

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K2TOGBL knit 2 together through the back loop 

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make one With the needle tip, lift the strand between last stitch knit and next
stitch on the lefthand needle and knit into back of it. One knit stitch 
has been added. 

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make one p-st With the needle tip, lift the strand between last stitch worked and next 
stitch on the lefthand needle and purl it. One purl stitch has been 
added. 

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no stitch On some charts, 'no stitch' is indicated - sometimes shown with shaded 
spaces where stitches have been decreased or not yet made. In such 
cases, work the stitches of the chart, skipping over the 'no stitch' 
spaces. 

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place markers Place or attach a loop of contrast yarn or purchased stitch marker as 
indicated. 

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pick up and knit (purl) Knit (or purl) into the loops along an edge. 

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PK twisted or crossed purl stitch 

With the yarn at the front of the work insert the right-hand needle in the back 
loop of the left-hand one. 
Wind the yarn and draw a loop through on to the right-hand needle. Slip the 
stitch off the left-hand needle. 

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psso pass the slipped stitch over 

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purlwise Insert the needle into the stitch as if you were going to purl it. 

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P2tog purl two stitches together 

Insert the right-hand needle from right to left through two stitches instead of 
one, then purl them together as one stitch. This is called purl tow together. 

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selvage stitch Edge stitch that helps make seaming easier 

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Slip Knot Wind the yarn around two fingers and over the two fingers again to the back of 
the first thread through the front one to form a loop. Pull end to tighten the loop. 

A slip knot is the starting point for almost everything you do in knitting and is the 
basis of all casting on techniques. 

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SKP Slip 1, K1, pass the slipped st over the knit stitch. 

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SK2P Slip next stitch as of to knit, K2tog, psso. 

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slip, slip, knit Slip next 2 stitches knitwise, one at a time, to righthand needle. 
Insert tip of lefthand needle into fronts of these stitches from left to 
right. Knit them together. One stitch has been decreased. 

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slip, slip, slip, knit Slip next 3 stitches knitwise, one as a time, to righthand needle. 
Insert tip of lefthand needle into fronts of these stitches from left to 
right. 
Knit them together. Two stitches have been decreased. 

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slip stitch An unworked stitch made by passing a stitch from the lefthand to the 
righthand needle as if to purl. 

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TK twisted or crossed knit stitch 

Insert right-hand needle in the back loop of the left-hand needle and knit a 
stitch. 
Slip the stitch off the left-hand needle. 

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work even Continue in pattern without increasing of decreasing. 
(UK: work straight) 

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yarn over Making a new stitch by wrapping the yarn over the righthand needle 
(UK: yfwd, yon, yrn, German: Umschlag) 

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