Knitting Terms to Learn

You can have a lot of fun with knitting terms. There are interesting wordplays in the names of many small shops and artists.

knitting terms

If you want some real laughs, check out the book It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons.

Knitting Terms and Vocabulary

If you can't understand knitting patterns even after the abbreviations are translated, you might find this list of terms useful.

Bind off
Secure the last row of stitches to stop working. It's usually done with a larger needle to keep things loose.
Finishing a piece by washing it and shaping it as it dries.
Stitches that are carried out of order to create twist designs.
Cast on
Make a row of foundational stitches on one needle so you have somewhere to begin knitting. There are various methods for binding on depending on what type of edge you want.
To create less stitches in a row. There are a couple of ways to do it depending on which way you want to slant.
A way of knitting a design with textured squares or triangles to create a basketweave illusion.
Fair Isle
Carrying strands of multiple colors across the back. It's traditionally done with two colors, one held in each hand for two-handed knitting.
"Rip it" to take out stitches.
To create more stitches in a row. There are a couple of ways to do it.
The basic stitch that consists of a small loop pulled up through another loop.
The reverse side of a knit stitch. To see purl, you can look at the back of knitting, or you can work a stitch in reverse on the needle.
A stretchy area of ridges that go up and down.
A circular row of stitches.
Sewing sides together.
The edge of the knitted piece where the stitches are already secured and stable.
A bunch of yarn in a twisted shape rather than a ball.

Now you're ready to learn about knitting stitches!

For a well-rounded education, you should also take a look at the crochet terms and weaving terms.

More to Explore

knitting pattern abbreviations
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