# How do I read a knitting pattern?

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Charts for flat knitting are read in the same direction you would knit your work: starting from the bottom and reading from Right to Left (←) on RS rows (usually the odd-numbered rows) and from Left to Right (→) on WS rows (usually the even-numbered rows).

## How do you read old knitting patterns?

Always read the pattern through before starting to make sure that you know what the terminology means. If the pattern is short, you can “rewrite” the pattern in the modern terms. However, you can also simply have a key to the stitch names by creating a list with the stitches used in the pattern and their modern names.

## What do knitting patterns mean?

The gauge of a pattern is indicated by a measurement, something like six stitches and 10 rows equals 4 inches in pattern stitch on size 13 needles. That means if you were to knit in whatever the pattern stitch is across six stitches and 10 rows, you should get a 4-inch square.

## What does knit 2 together mean?

Knit two together is the most basic method of decreasing stitches. It makes a decrease that slants slightly to the right and is often abbreviated as K2Tog or k2tog in patterns. To “knit two together” is just like making a regular knit stitch, but you work through two stitches instead of just one.

## Is the first row of knitting the right side?

The first row of a knitting pattern is considered the right side, and the second row is considered the wrong side. Since one is an odd number, all of the odd rows are right side facing. The even rows are on the wrong side.

## How do you read a bracket and parentheses in knitting?

The number immediately following the brackets tells you how many times to do the step. For instance, [YO, K2tog] 6 times means you will YO, then knit 2 sts together, then do that again 5 more times, for a total of 6 YOs and 6 K2togs. Parentheses are sometimes used in the same way.

## What is STS knitting?

STS is the abbreviation of stitches in knitting aptly since ST is the abbreviation for a single stitch. … STST in knitting identifies the stockinette stitch. Stockinette stitch is also represented in some patterns as St.

## What does C mean in knitting?

CC: Contrasting colour. cdd: Centre double decrease. Slip 2 stitches together, knit one stitch, pass the slipped stitches over (together). cddp: Centre double decrease purl.

## What does every following 4th row mean in knitting?

Once you’ve worked the decrease row, you’re asked to repeat it every fourth row. To do something every fourth row means that you’re working a four-row pattern, and one of those is a decrease row. … Then work a four-row pattern with a decrease at the end (three even rows, then decrease row).