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
|AKC||Actual Knitting Content(used in conjunction with an off-topic post)|
|BUFO||Boring Un-Finished Object|
|DH (or DW, DS, DD, DMIL, etc)||Dear(or Darling) Husband (or Wife, Son, Daughter, Mother-In-Law, etc)|
|Frog||Ripping out knitting, the sound of rip-it and pulling out knitting sounds like a frog|
|IM(NSH)HO||In My Humble (Not So Humble) Opinion|
|KAT||Knitting Against Time|
|KIP||Knitting In Public|
|KIV||Knitting In Vehicle|
|LYS||Local Yarn Store|
|LYSO||Local Yarn Store Owner|
|NTINAMY||Not That I Need Any More Yarn|
|OKC||Obligatory Knitting Content (used in conjunction with an off-topic post)|
|OTN||On The Needles|
|SABLE||Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy|
|SEX||Stash Enrichment eXpedition|
|SSS||Second Sock Syndrome (or Second Sleeve Syndrome)|
|Stash||Supply of yarn and knitting supplies not currently in use|
|SWIPE||Stalled Work In Progress|
|Tink||Undoing knitting one stitch at a time. From “knit” spelled backwards and the sound it makes when you do it on aluminum needles|
|TOAD||Trashed Object, Abandoned in Disgust|
|WIP||Work In Progress|
|YAQ||Yarn Acquisition Quest|
|YCZ||Yarn 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.
I’m thrilled to have finished connected what seemed like an endless supply of granny squares.
Just a nice, simple lap blanket.