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Internet Abbreviations for Yarncrafters

May 3rd, 2011

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Yarncrafters have long used abbreviations as shorthand for different stitches and techniques. Now, crafters on the internet are using abbreviations for unique crocheting and knitting terms. Here’s a quick guide to some of the most popular terms.
CAL: Crochet-along
CIP: Crocheting in public
DPN: Double-pointed needles
FO: Finished object (in other words, a completed knit or crochet project)
KAL: Knit-along
KIP: Knitting in public
LYS: Local yarn store
UFO: Unfinished project (usually set aside or difficult to find)
WIP: Work in progress

What other yarncrafting abbreviations have you seen online? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Jenn

    FUPpie – Finished Unfinished Project (mostly in cross stitch, the stitching is done but the mounting/framing/final assembly isn’t)
    SABLE – Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy
    BAP – Big A$$ed Project

    • Jane

      I love it!! Never heard that one before – SABLE. Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy. Well ……. I always thought that whoever has the most stash when they die wins, right?

      • Joycelyn

        That’s me, Still working on a crochet project I started 6 yrs ago. Finally down to the connecting part. PHEW! Then I will probably give it to someone as a gift.
        Happy crocheting everyone!

  • Bunnygjh

    PIGS – Project In Grocery Sack
    Frogging – undoing stitches, because you “rip it, rip it, rip it”

    • Stellaken

      I’ve frogged plenty but never got the rip it, rip it, rip it. Aahh! Thanks!

    • Patricia Morris

      I like the PIGS. I have so many WIP that they outnumber my “real bags”, so I use plastic grocery sacks sometimes too. Funny!

  • Sandra Fiegi

    SEX = Stash Enhancement eXercise

    • Ecsbdp1

      Oooooooh! I strongly believe in SEX. I engage in it at my LYS and on-line. Can’t ever get enough!!!!! :)

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    • Gretchen

      Question… where did you learn to tat? Want to learn, but books aren’t helping me. Please contact me if you can…

      • Powell_melissa

        Go to YouTube & search for Tatting Tutorial. There’s about 90 results.

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  • SturJen

    KIP also means Knitting in Progress. And believe me, I’ve got a lot of KIPs here!

  • Marymajerski

    SMPSLT…………So Many Projects, So Little Time……….haha

  • Vrcaton

    TINK – knit backwards (pick out the knitting one stitch at a time as opposed to Frogging it ..)

    • JennFamousArt

      I can tink almost as well as I knit! lol. didn’t know there was such a term though! lol!

    • Nytate

      Well, that’s one way, but I can and do knit actually backwards. As in for doing short rows or entrelac. I’d rather TINK than keep turning my work .

  • Patricia Morris

    SABLE – Stash Available Beyond Life Expectancy.

  • Hunylovly

    WHTTP what happend to the pattern ;(p

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