Meaning of basic terms in knitting

Hi all

Can u pls explain me the basic terms in knitting like bind off/ cast off means finish up right, likewise i want to know the explanation of all the terms used in knitting. An eg. what is meant by garter stitch?

Thanks in advance

Everything you need to know you can find here videos and all.

Good luck


I have already browsed that page, but dont find the list that gives the explanation. say for eg i dont find the explanation for slip stitch, garter stitch etc… Can u pls help me in finding these??


Garter stitch is knit on evry row - gives you ridges on both sides. Slip stitch is just that. You slip the stitch insted of knitting it. Psso means slip a stitch, knit the next stitch, then take the slipped stitch and pass it over the knitted stitch (used for decreasing).

Check out our Glossary page, too.

There are too many knitting terms to explain them all in one thread so check out the tabs at the top of the page. Basic and advanced techniques are videos and pictures of most of the techniques you’ll need. The glossary tab has abbreviations with links to videos on many of them.

In addition to those here is a link to more knit help if you like to print out directions to have next to you.

While there are a TON of websites that break down many of the knitting abbreviations (just enter “knitting abbreviation” in your search engine) Ingrid nailed it IMO when she recommended the’s Glossary (located at ) or just by clicking the “Glossary” file tab at the top of this page. This site has one of the more extensive glossaries I’ve seen AND when I want to SEE the stitch after I have found out what the abbrv. means, I just enter it in this site’s search engine and PRESTO… a WONDERFUL video showing me how to do the stitch.

Best of luck to you!

sure thanks i will check it

thanks everybody for this help :slight_smile:

This page: shows how the different combinations of knits and purl stitches make up different fabric textures: garter stitch, stockingette stitch, seed (aka moss) stitch and ribbing.

(It’s pretty amazing how just two little stitches can do all that, depending on where you use them!)