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approx approximately
beg beginning, begin(s)
bet between
BO bind off
CC contrasting color
cm centimeter(s)
cn cable needle
CO cast on
cont continue(s), continuing
dec(s) decrease(s), decreasing
dpn double-pointed needle(s)
est established
foll following, follows
g gram(s)
in inch
inc increase(s), increasing
k knit
k1f&b knit into front and back of same stitch
k2tog knit two stitches together
kwise knitwise
LC left cross
lp(s) loops
m(s) marker(s)
MC main color
mm millimeter(s)
M1 make one (increase)
p purl
p1f&b purl into front and back of same stitch
p2tog purl two stitches together
patt(s) pattern(s)
pm place marker

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psso pass slipped stitch over
p2sso pass two slipped stitches over
pwise purlwise
RC right cross
rem remain(s), remaining
rep repeat(s), repeating
rev St st reverse stockinette stitch
rib ribbing
rnds rounds
RS right side
skp slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over
sk2p slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped st over the knit 2 together
sl slip
sl st slip(ped) stitch
ssk slip, slip, knit
sssk slip, slip, slip, knit
st(s) stitch(es) St st stockinette stitch
tbl through the back of the loop
tog together
WS wrong side
wyib with yarn in back
wyif with yarn in front
yd(s) yard(s)
yo yarn over
* repeat directions after * as many times as indicated
* * repeat directions between * * as many times as indicated
( ) alternate size(s) or directions
[ ] instructions are to be worked in a group as many times as directed


ch chain
dc double-crochet
hdc half-double crochet
rev sc reverse single crochet
sc single crochet
sk skip

sl slip
sl st slip stitch
sp space(es)
tch turning chain
tr treble crochet
yo yarn over hook

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