Knitting Acronyms - Tink Mug

Knitting Acronymns

I’m not usually a big fan of knitting acronyms, whether they’re used for texting or shorthand in on-line forums (although I’m sure I’m guilty of having used them in this blog over the years).

Knitting Acronyms Can Be Exclusionary

I find that these acronyms serve to try and exclude others, and make those who don’t know the “secret code” somewhat less than.  And usually when those who are not in-the-know about these special terms ask what they mean in a public forum, they’re bombarded with other phrases like “Google is your friend.”

I guess it’s not difficult enough as a new knitter to try and figure out SSK and PSSO, or the differences between four-ply and worsted weight yarns.   If a newbie truly wants to be in the club, they have to understand what “frogging” is.  Fergawdsakes, there’s even a book of these ridiculous words –The Secret Language of Knitters by Mary Beth Temple.

For those who need just standard pattern abbreviations decoded, this link is my favorite list from VK (see below if you don’t know what that means):

For those who want a list of the more ridiculous words used in many on-line knitting forums, here’s my list (and NOT so you can use them freely, but so you’re not excluded…please just type out the full expression instead of using these lazy-person substitutes).

Knitting Acronym Substitution Chart

AKCActual Knitting Content(used in conjunction with an off-topic post)
BUFOBoring Un-Finished Object
DH (or DW, DS, DD, DMIL, etc)Dear(or Darling) Husband (or Wife, Son, Daughter, Mother-In-Law, etc)
EZElizabeth Zimmerman
FOFinished Object
FrogRipping out knitting, the sound of rip-it and pulling out knitting sounds like a frog
IM(NSH)HOIn My Humble (Not So Humble) Opinion
KATKnitting Against Time
KIPKnitting In Public
KIVKnitting In Vehicle
KOKnitting Opportunity
LYSLocal Yarn Store
LYSOLocal Yarn Store Owner
NTINAMYNot That I Need Any More Yarn
OKCObligatory Knitting Content (used in conjunction with an off-topic post)
OTNOn The Needles
SABLEStash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy
SEXStash Enrichment eXpedition
SSSSecond Sock Syndrome (or Second Sleeve Syndrome)
StashSupply of yarn and knitting supplies not currently in use
SWIPEStalled Work In Progress
TinkUndoing knitting one stitch at a time.  From “knit” spelled backwards and the sound it makes when you do it on aluminum needles
TOADTrashed Object, Abandoned in Disgust
UFOUn-Finished Object
USOUn-Started Object
WIPWork In Progress
VKVogue Knitting
YAQYarn Acquisition Quest
YCZYarn Containment Zone

Any others that you think should be added?  I know some of the terms are generic on-line acronyms (like IMHO), but they’re used so often in knitting forums, I thought they should be included.

Current Crochet

I’m thrilled to have finished connected what seemed like an endless supply of granny squares.

Koigu Granny Squares 01-31-14

I’ve even taken it one step further and started the border by doing a row of single crochet around the outer edge (not quite finished with that first row).
Here’s a photo of the blanket on my living room couch to give you some perspective of size.
Koigu Granny Squares 01-31-14 on couch

Just a nice, simple lap blanket.

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