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amy
01-24-2006, 03:14 PM
Here's a list to help you get a handle on some of our forum abbreviations.
For more knitting abbreviations, go here (http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-glossary).


BRB -- be right back (used in chat mostly)
BTW -- By the way

dec -- decrease (decrease a stitch in your knitting, see basic techniques)

D(followed by another capitol letter) commonly refers to a relation, such as one's "Dear Son." So:
DB -- Dear brother/boss/other relation whose significance starts with 'B'
DBF -- Dear boyfriend
DD --Dear daughter
DDIL -- Dear daughter-in-law
DGD -- Dear granddaughter
DGS -- Dear grandson
DH -- Dear husband
DS -- Dear son
DSE -- Dear spousal equivalent
DSO -- Dear significant other
DW -- Dear wife
*D might also refer to another D word, depending on the mood of the poster...Darling, Darned, etc.

ETA -- Edited to Add (used in a post when someone goes in to edit their post later)
EZ -- Elizabeth Zimmermann, the renouned knitting teacher and author

FO -- Finished object (*related to UFO, Unfinished Object)
FROG -- Frog is used quite often when an item is ripped out. Comes from "rip it, rip it" sounding like ribbit. Incidently, I made our frogging emoticon, using the knitter emoticon as a base. I'm very proud of it. :frog:
FWIW -- For what it's worth

GMTA -- great minds think alike

HTH -- Hope this helps

inc -- increase (add a stitch in your knitting, see basic techniques section)
IMO -- In my opinion
IMHO -- In my humble opinion
IMHBUO -- In my humble (but unerring) opinion
IMNSHO -- In my not so humble opinion

K -- Knit
KH -- KnittingHelp.com ;)
KIP -- Knitting in public
KP -- Knitpicks.com
KWIM -- Know what I mean?

LOL -- Laughing out loud (*see also ROFL)
LYS -- Local yarn shop

MIA -- Missing In Action (gone from the boards long enough to be noticed as missing)

OMG -- Oh My God/Goodness
OT -- off topic

PITA - Pain in the *ss
POV -- point of view
P -- Purl

ROFL -- Rolling on the floor laughing
ROFLM*O -- Rolling on the floor laughing my asterisk off

SEX -- Stash enhancement (e)xpedition
SnB -- Stitch N B!tch (refers to an SnB group of people, or the book)
SO -- significant other

TIA -- Thanks in advance
TINK -- knit, spelled backwards, means to un-knit (frog)

UFO -- Unfinished object

WIP -- Work in progress
WOTA -- Wool of the Andes yarn
WYIF -- With yarn in front
WYIB -- With yarn in back

YO -- yarn over, an increase (more knitting terms/abbreviations here (http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-glossary))

foldedbird
01-26-2006, 01:32 PM
I know this is gonna get deleted, but didn't EYE invent KH? I mean, invent as in started saying it?

And, KK must feel proud that she's on the list... for PITA.

amy
01-26-2006, 02:19 PM
....didn't EYE invent KH?

Must have been in Sept. when I was AWOL. What's EYE? (Dare I ask?)

ETA: Ahhh, I get it. Denise, I didn't know you invented the KH abbreviation! GOOD ONE, thanks!! :thumbsup:

KellyK
01-26-2006, 03:06 PM
And, KK must feel proud that she's on the list... for PITA.
I certainly didnt invent THAT! I will take credit for WOTA, though.... :thumbsup:

Amy, Deni just likes to spell things strangely.... she meant "I". :rollseyes: :lol:

Lana
01-28-2006, 10:02 AM
SIMC,HMS,LOL I'm getting too old to ROTFLM*O!

And yet another of life's questions, that I have been pondering, has been answered HERE!
And it was the word origin of FROG. :frog:

carollovesyarn
01-30-2006, 04:53 AM
Is TINK used much here? I know I tink more than I frog. :)

Pixywhispers
02-01-2006, 08:41 PM
What about KP? Knit Picks. I order from them and sometimes I see KP in a post and think "Wow that sounds like a great place to buy yarn, wonder what it is." duh.

knitqueen
02-01-2006, 09:52 PM
Is TINK used much here? I know I tink more than I frog. :)

I KNOW I've seen tink before....can't for the life of me remember what it stands for though?

carollovesyarn
02-01-2006, 09:57 PM
Is TINK used much here? I know I tink more than I frog. :)

I KNOW I've seen tink before....can't for the life of me remember what it stands for though?
It's when you unKNIT stitch by stitch backwards - TINK - as opposed to frogging, which is massive ripping.

Ingrid
02-01-2006, 10:38 PM
tink is knit spelled backwards. ;)

knitqueen
02-01-2006, 11:04 PM
Gotcha! :thumbsup:

Jan in CA
02-02-2006, 12:25 AM
If you only TINK a few is it TINKling? :roflhard:

~end of threadnap~

Good list, Amy!

amy
02-03-2006, 03:06 PM
Lana, what do SIMC and HMS mean? Do we use them here?

I've added KP, and TINK to the list, thanks ladies. Also added ETA, since it's being used a lot lately. :thumbsup:

Lana
02-05-2006, 01:50 AM
Lana, what do SIMC and HMS mean? Do we use them here?
It's no longer prudent to be :roflhard:, now I am
SittingMyChair,HoldingMySides,LOL
:eyebrow:

amy
02-06-2006, 05:59 PM
Ahhh, very cute, you learn something new every day! :sunny:

njknitter
02-27-2006, 10:32 AM
I was very happy to see this thread as I've been occasionally bewildered by some abbreviations! :??

I though LOL was "Lots of Luck", but as you can imagine it didn't quite make sense most of the time!!

GrandmaLori
03-23-2006, 01:05 AM
I finally looked in here. I was so puzzled about this great store calle LYS. THought it was a chain store that hadn't made it to my town yet. Now I know we do have a LYS. Yippeeeee

knitqueen
03-23-2006, 01:59 AM
:roflhard:

cheesiesmom
05-10-2006, 10:21 AM
OK ladies and gents, interpret "bump" for me.

Julie
05-10-2006, 01:01 PM
The posts that have been responded to most recently show up at the top of any given forum. When a post has made its way to the bottom of the page, if you post a reply it will "bump" it back to the top of this list, so ideally more people will see/respond to it. So, say I posted something that no one responded to because there were a lot of posts that day, I might post a "bump" post in the hopes that it would get seen/responded to. :D

abby001
05-19-2006, 01:49 PM
If you only TINK a few is it TINKling? :roflhard:


:lol: Good one Jan. I'm an expert at tinkling!

janelanespaintbrush
11-05-2006, 10:28 AM
I just thought of a new one: WWID (What would Ingrid do?) :teehee:

Ingrid
11-05-2006, 11:16 AM
:teehee:

BinkyKat
11-05-2006, 11:24 AM
I just thought of a new one: WWID (What would Ingrid do?) :teehee:

Perfect!!!! :happydance:

Stiney
11-05-2006, 08:46 PM
I just thought of a new one: WWID (What would Ingrid do?) :teehee:

Follow the pattern and buy more yarn. :teehee:

suuuueee
11-15-2006, 12:16 AM
those are too cute! i never knew that's where "frog" came from.

jhelanee
03-11-2007, 04:36 PM
bumping back up to the top since we seem to be getting a lot of questions about abbreviations recently. :muah:

Braden
03-11-2007, 05:23 PM
*Bump* :thumbsup:

ArtLady1981
03-16-2007, 05:33 PM
To Amy: Thanks for taking the time to de-code the 'code talk' for us!
I had figured some of them out just by the way in which they were being used...but never realllly knew what most of them were all about!

Bump! :thumbsup:

PS: Can this Forum can be upgraded to allow a viewer to jump directly to a particular page of a thread. For example, say I need to look at page 35 of Year of the Stash 2007 in KnitAlongs. How can I navigate to page 35 without having to go forwards through pages 1-34? (Or backwards from the final page 52 to page 35!)

We have certain Posts that we would like to direct our viewers to...located on a certain page...and it is very time consuming and discouraging to mooch through all the pages that preceed the 'destination' page!

Can we add a search link? I have visited other websites that include a search box to allow a page number to be directly located. I think Ebay yarn shops have that feature.

Thanks in advance for any thought that you give to my question!

Dollyce

Ingrid
03-16-2007, 06:34 PM
At the top of the page, you should be able to type in the page number you want. It doesn't have the feature at the bottom, but check out the top over to the left.

ArtLady1981
03-16-2007, 08:31 PM
Thanks Ingrid! It is the little blue box! I was able to clear the number currently shown, type in the page # I want to see...and click the >> arrows on the right of it...but NOT CLICKING "next". "Next" just takes me to the very next page.

I will alert my other Stash Sisters about this blue box feature. I am sure at least one other Stashie needs the same info! What a time saver!

Dollyce AKA the ArtLady :happydance:

Braden
03-16-2007, 09:37 PM
*bump* :thumbsup:

Stiney
03-16-2007, 10:06 PM
What little blue box? :?? :shrug:

landolphe
03-16-2007, 10:55 PM
Thanks, Amy!

How about:

DGF - Dear Girl Friend
DSO - Dear Significant Other

KAL - knit along?

Landolphe

Ingrid
03-16-2007, 11:02 PM
What little blue box? :?? :shrug:

When there are a lot of pages (I'm not sure when the little blue box kicks in) it appears. Check out some of the busier, older threads and you'll see it.

Stiney
03-17-2007, 09:36 AM
:oops:

I got it, only had to to check 3 browsers on 2 computers to realize it's grayish/purpleish on my monitors.

ArtLady1981
03-22-2007, 02:48 AM
I think this thread should be a STICKY!! How 'bout it Mod Squad? It would help new viewers very much!

madametj
03-22-2007, 10:03 PM
........bump...........

Ingrid
03-22-2007, 11:05 PM
I think this thread should be a STICKY!! How 'bout it Mod Squad? It would help new viewers very much!

You talked me into it. :teehee:

Braden
04-08-2007, 08:06 PM
I figured you would do that, Ingrid! :wink:

KnittingNora
07-06-2007, 08:00 PM
I have a query - what does OTN mean???
It is going to be so obvious I know, but I can't work it out :ick::pout:

Ingrid
07-06-2007, 08:25 PM
I have a query - what does OTN mean???
It is going to be so obvious I know, but I can't work it out :ick::pout:

On The Needles :thumbsup:

KnittingNora
07-06-2007, 08:36 PM
Of course!!!! *doh* I knew it would be obvious, but just couldn't think what it would be!!
Thank you :happydancing:

KnittingNat
07-07-2007, 05:26 PM
What ISO in the titles of the threads mean?
Thank you

Ingrid
07-07-2007, 06:51 PM
What ISO in the titles of the threads mean?
Thank you

In Search Of :blooby:

sugarfunpouch
07-20-2007, 12:25 PM
Hi Ingrid! :waving:

sinistral_needler
08-08-2007, 02:52 PM
Thank goodness for this thread. I don't feel quite so dumb now! :eyes:

lelvsdgs
09-28-2007, 01:18 PM
If you only TINK a few is it TINKling? :roflhard:

~end of threadnap~

Good list, Amy!

Very clever!!!:notworthy:

BonnieBj
10-31-2007, 11:29 PM
Oh, that emoticon fits me perfectly. I hate getting a project started and then be unable to finish because I can't understand the directions. What a waste1

Shandeh
12-27-2007, 08:18 AM
Here's one more for the list, since a member just asked.

KAL = Knit-Along

pattif
02-01-2008, 01:51 PM
glad to see there is a place for me to go and get help. i am just starting to learn. my girlfriend is getting ready to teach me how to cast on.:woot:

knittingymnast
02-02-2008, 12:00 PM
thank you!

linknit41
02-15-2008, 11:06 AM
what is KAL? does it mean knit-along? linknit41

dustinac
02-15-2008, 11:12 AM
what is KAL? does it mean knit-along? linknit41
Hi linknit41,
Yeah that's what KAL means and KH has a KAL forum (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=21)where you can join others and work on the same things...:happydance:

DeborahToo
03-01-2008, 05:03 AM
Hi Amy,

Could you kindly tell me what ISO means? I've seen it quite a bit.

Many thanks,

Deborah:heart:

P.S. - Thanks so much for the resizing photos information you sent me when I joined several weeks ago. The program to resize images is absolutely terrific.

Ingrid
03-01-2008, 08:38 AM
ISO means In Search Of :thumbsup:

DeborahToo
03-02-2008, 06:31 AM
Hi Ingrid!

Thanks so much for the reply. Couldn't figure that one out!

Myawt
03-17-2008, 04:15 PM
Thank you for this info. I have no clue sometimes what they mean. Now I can act as though I am an old pro.

Myawt::yay:

LBECK
05-08-2008, 02:39 PM
I am so new to this site what does FO mean?

Shandeh
05-08-2008, 02:41 PM
I am so new to this site what does FO mean?

Welcome! :hug:

FO = Finished Object
UFO = Unfinished Object

LBECK
05-08-2008, 06:15 PM
Thanks that is what I was thinking but I wasn't sure.


Lisa

RuthieinMaryland
07-17-2008, 09:08 PM
What is KALS?

Thanks! Ruthie

Shandeh
07-17-2008, 10:11 PM
What is KALS?
Thanks! Ruthie
Hi Ruthie :waving:

KAL is a knit-along. We all work on the same project at the same time.

For example, this month we are knitting toys for the month of July.

There are several knit-alongs in the forum. Just do a search for KAL, and you'll find them.

Some people are making the Sahara top, others are making a Harry Potter scarf, others are making socks. There are plenty of options. Have fun looking!

suzeeq
07-17-2008, 10:12 PM
Plural for KAL which is a Knit A Long - where people work on the same project, sometimes at the same time, or can join in anytime.

SueD
10-16-2008, 07:33 PM
OTN
Is that ON the Needle? meaning current projects?

This is a great site!

Shandeh
10-16-2008, 10:18 PM
Correct!
OTN = On The Needles
:thumbsup:

Right now, I have about 25 projects on the needles. :doh:
We also call them UFOs...(unfinished objects)

rfera
11-15-2008, 11:43 AM
OK, I just read this entire thread in order to find out what "DPH" means (saw it in another thread) and didn't find it...any help?

Shandeh
11-15-2008, 10:50 PM
:think: hmmm....never heard of DPH.

I've heard of DPN, though. That's double-pointed needles.

I'm using dpns right now on a mitten.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3055/3030955054_37e46b279c.jpg

nephthys8
11-17-2008, 01:51 PM
This one's been bugging me, too! Thank you so much for explaining!

Mystery_Gyrl
11-17-2008, 02:25 PM
Might have been a typo the "H" and the "N" are diagonal on a QWERTY keyboard. I think it was probably supposed to be DPNs like Shandeh said. What was the topic of the thread and or message?
Katrina

nanakate48
01-29-2009, 03:46 PM
I need help!! I'm new to K & have ?'s. How to rip out and not loose all your work. Also,what is PSSO when it appears in a pattern?

Ingrid
01-30-2009, 10:44 PM
PSSO means to Pass Slipped Stitch Over. When you do this, you usually have slipped a stitch, worked the next stitch, and then you lift the slipped stitch up and over the tip of the needle.

Look at the videos under Decreases and you can see a demonstration.
If you want to rip out more than one row, you can pull the stitches out to one row before where you want to restart, and then pull out one stitch at a time and reinsert your needle.
To unknit a row, check out the video on Fixing Mistakes.

monicalazarus
02-09-2009, 09:04 AM
What do you mean by "work even in cable pattern"

suzeeq
02-09-2009, 11:28 AM
Work even is a term that means - continue working the stitch pattern with no decs or incs. It usually appears in a pattern right after there have been decs or incs.

justsunnie
04-28-2009, 06:12 PM
*bump*

Does tink have an emoticon? Everytime I think of the word I think of the fairy from Peter Pan.

Ingrid
04-28-2009, 06:15 PM
*bump*

Does tink have an emoticon? Everytime I think of the word I think of the fairy from Peter Pan.


:frog:

justsunnie
04-28-2009, 06:16 PM
haha--saw the frog; just wondering if there was one a little less dramatic to represent tinking.

Ingrid
04-28-2009, 06:18 PM
:shrug: Not so far!

OffJumpsJack
05-08-2009, 11:31 AM
A question I spotted in the Buy/Sell/Swap (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=19) section asked "what is PM?"

Over there it would most likely be a private message but in a pattern it would me place marker.

Do I get credit for two entries? Oh, I better look for MM too (move marker) [Edit: MM is not on the list either.]

And another explanation of DPH would be double pointed hooks (crochet specific? perhaps). :)

DPHs are more often called double ended hooks or Cro-hooks (a trademark of Boye) and they are used in Crochet-on-the-double and Croknit (sometimes crochetnit). They use the Tunisian stitch and two strands of yarn (one at each end of the hook) to create a two sided Tunisian stitch fabric.

cacunn
05-17-2009, 10:24 AM
haha--saw the frog; just wondering if there was one a little less dramatic to represent tinking.

Would doing a little frogging be pollywoging?

suzeeq
05-17-2009, 10:50 AM
Most patterns use 'sm' for slip marker, not move marker. I don't think I've seen a pattern write 'mm'.

OffJumpsJack
05-18-2009, 10:44 AM
Most patterns use 'sm' for slip marker, not move marker. I don't think I've seen a pattern write 'mm'.


:think: Perhaps it is because I frequent the crochet section more than the (knitting) Pattern section. I am sure I saw more than one pattern using the mm notation. They were aniguri or some funky work for little stuffed animal patterns. Yes, I am sure it was in crochet patterns for in-the-round work. You have to move the marker in crochet as it is through a stitch (or around a post) and not on a needle as it would be in knitted patterns.

suzeeq
05-18-2009, 11:13 AM
That could be unique to crochet then, since the marker has to mark a stitch, not be on the hook as in knitting. I used to crochet a bit, but nothing that required markers much and I just used a piece of thread if I needed to.

zanne042
06-13-2009, 06:48 PM
That could be either "Place Marker" or "Private Message"...depending on context

MsBehavin
07-30-2009, 01:42 AM
I think pollywoging would mean Alot of frogging!!!

Would doing a little frogging be pollywoging?

OffJumpsJack
09-17-2009, 12:46 PM
When I've seen it, OP seemed to mean Original Post or Original Poster that started the thread.

I didn't see it in the list, has it been mentioned or discussed? :shrug:

Janette
09-24-2009, 09:06 PM
Hello,
I love the little "frog" icon. That is so cute.
I had come to post a question of what the "UFO" meant and found this.
I am new here. I can see already that this is a great site.

toyotaviejo
05-06-2011, 02:44 PM
Yay!

CherylT
09-21-2011, 02:55 PM
I really like Knit Picks. They have very affordable and great quality yarn.

salmonmac
09-25-2011, 01:27 PM
Hello,
I love the little "frog" icon. That is so cute.
I had come to post a question of what the "UFO" meant and found this.
I am new here. I can see already that this is a great site.

Welcome to Knitting Help. It is indeed a great and friendly site.
(UFO is unfinished object.)

Squirrel
03-03-2012, 07:51 AM
Saw one post where the poster had listed an item as OTN which I understood but they also posted another as OTH not sure about that one

Ingrid
03-03-2012, 11:20 AM
Saw one post where the poster had listed an item as OTN which I understood but they also posted another as OTH not sure about that one

I think that would mean 'TYPO' :teehee:

GrumpyGramma
03-03-2012, 12:00 PM
OTH--On the hook? Crochet. When it's done it's off the hook.

OffJumpsJack
03-08-2012, 12:53 AM
OTH--On the hook? Crochet. When it's done it's off the hook.
Yep, GG, there is more than one way for us to weave our yarns.

I'd say OTH is TYPO-negative! Knotty me. ;)

GrumpyGramma
03-08-2012, 02:55 AM
Yep, GG, there is more than one way for us to weave our yarns.

I'd say OTH is TYPO-negative! Knotty me. ;)
Oh, yes, you are knotty! Aren't we all?
You realize, I trust, that OTH could have been a typo even though it has a legit usage.:eyebrow:
Speaking of weaving, I want to try it.

Shandeh
03-08-2012, 11:44 PM
OTH= On the Hooks (crochet)

Artchic528
04-21-2013, 07:16 PM
Just wanted to say how much I appreciate this sticky. Its very helpful to newbie knitters unfamiliar with the lingo.

On a side note, I read the original post, and the link at the very end, the one that says, "Click here for more knitting abbreviations" or something like that, isn't working. When I click on it, it just brings me to the KH 404 page.

On the 404 page, there is a link, among many, to the abbreviation page. Maybe some things got moved around and such during an update since this sticky was made and the link no longer does what its supposed to do anymore.

Just wanted to let ya'll know. ;)

GrumpyGramma
12-12-2013, 05:33 PM
FOto
Finished Object + photo
A photo of a finished object

I may have started using this here. I've seen others using it too. If someone else was first with it and wants credit for it, just say so. Don't worry about stepping on my toes, I'm wearing my steel toed flip flops. :roflhard:

smeldsgang
01-13-2014, 10:38 PM
Is it be possible to update the OP with the acronyms that have been added in the posts?

I've read through all the posts but I have already forgotten the additional ones other folks have thrown in the mix.

TIA!!!!

MinJun
02-03-2014, 07:08 AM
what does K19 means??

Ingrid
02-03-2014, 07:33 AM
what does K19 means??

It means to knit 19 stitches.

KnitBeg
02-03-2014, 02:28 PM
K19: Knit 19 stitches, as in just use a knit stitch.

As for foto, are you sure it isn't a Dutch person? For that is an existing Dutch word. It means "photo" ;)
If this is really an abbreviation, it will be like the Dutch word lol. This means "fun". Imagine our surprise when it started to pop up in English :cool:

GrumpyGramma
02-03-2014, 02:37 PM
K19: Knit 19 stitches, as in just use a knit stitch.

As for foto, are you sure it isn't a Dutch person? For that is an existing Dutch word. It means "photo" ;)
If this is really an abbreviation, it will be like the Dutch word lol. This means "fun". Imagine our surprise when it started to pop up in English :cool:


Really?! Well, I'm not Dutch. I wasn't aware of the use of FOto before I started using FWIW.

smeldsgang
02-03-2014, 03:29 PM
what does K19 means??


Knit 19 stitches in the row you are on.