sl, sl1k, sl1p, sl, st: Knitting Abbreviations Explained

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A blue knitted fabric with a text overlay which says " What are sl, sl1k, sl1p, sl st? Knitting abbreviations explained, learnknittingonline.com"Sl, sl1k, sl1p, sl st are all abbreviations you see in connection with slipping stitches. Here is what each of them means:

  • sl is the abbreviation for Slip.
  • sl1k is the abbreviation for Slip 1 Knitwise.
  • sl1p is the abbreviation for Slip 1 Purlwise.
  • sl st is the abbreviation for Slip Stitch.

sl, sl1k, sl1p, sl st are all abbreviations you most likely will come across once you move from beginner’s knitting patterns to easy knitting patterns.

In fact, to slip a stitch just means that you move it from one needle to another without working it.

Two other common abbreviations that you often see in connection with slipping stitches are: wyif and wyib. Wyif is short for “with yarn in front“, whereas wyib means “with yarn in back“.

Use slipping stitches for many different purposes. For instance, it is sometimes used when decreasing. Likewise, it can be used when working patterns with multiple colors as well as lace patterns.

In addition, some cast-on methods, such as the Knitted Cast On and the Cable Cast On, will require you to slip a newly made stitch back onto the left needle.

We have a step-by-step tutorial for each of these two cast-on techniques. You can find the tutorials here:

Furthermore, you can slip a stitch either purlwise or knitwise. You will find that some pattern will tell you how to slip a stitch whereas others will not.  However, it is important that you learn how to slip stitches correctly in different situations.

In fact, you can learn more about slipping stitches from our step-by-step tutorial. Our tutorial will also teach you when you need to slip purlwise and when you need to slip knitwise.

If you would like to try out our step-by-step tutorial on slipping stitches, you can find it here: Slipping Stitches Knitwise or Purlwise

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