knitterator - Knitting Instruction Generator

Getting started
  1. Open 1. Pattern stitch and Tension* and select a pattern.
  2. Open Instruction Generators*, choose a display and Instruction Generator
  3. Start generating!
  • Note: Useful Tidbits* contain additional info that may help you.
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Useful Tidbits
  • Abbreviations
  • Sweater Sizes
  • Hat Sizes
  • Yardage
AbrevDescriptionAbrevDescriptionAbrevDescription
begbeginningC2Bsl 1 st on to cable needle, hold at back, K1, K1 from cable needleC2BPsl1 st on to cable needle, hold at back, K1, P1 from cable needle
C2Fsl1 st on to cable needle, hold at front, K1, K1 from cable needleC2FPsl1 st on to cable needle, hold at front, P1, K1 from cable needleC3Bsl1 st on to cable needle, hold at back, K2, K1 from cable needle
C3BPsl1 st on to cable needle, hold at back, K2, P1 from cable needleC3Fsl2 sts on to cable needle, hold at front, K1, K2 from cable needleC3FPsl2 sts on to cable needle, hold at front, P1, K2 from cable needle
C4Bsl2 sts on to cable needle, hold at back, K2, K2 from cable needleC4BPsl2 sts on to cable needle, hold at back, K2, P2 from cable needleC4Fsl2 sts on to cable needle, hold at front, K2, K2 from cable needle
C4FPsl2 sts on to cable needle, hold at front, P2, K2 from cable needleC5BPsl2 sts on to cable needle, hold at back, K3, P2 from cable needleC5FPsl3 sts on to cable needle, hold at front, P2, K3 from cable needle
C6Bsl3 sts on to cable needle, hold at back, K3, K3 from cable needleC6BPsl3 sts on to cable needle, hold at back, K3, P3 from cable needleC6Fsl3 sts on to cable needle, hold at front, K3, K3 from cable needle
C6FPsl3 sts on to cable needle, hold at front, P3, K3 from cable needlecmcentimetercontcontinue
decdecreaseincincreaseKknit
K1Bknit 1 stitch in stitch belowKnknit n stitches, eg K2Kntogknit n sts together, eg K2tog
KFBKnit into front and back of stmmeterM1Using left needle, lift strand between sts from front and K this TBL to make sts that slants left
M1Lsee M1M1Pusing left needle, lift strand between sts from front and P this TBLM1Rusing left needle, lift strand between sts from back and K in front of it to make st that slants to right
MBMake bobblemmmillimeterMosmonths
NBnewbornPpurlP1BP next st in row below
P2tblpurl 2 together thru back loopPnpurl n stitches, eg P2Pntogpurl n sts together, eg P2tog
PFBP into front and back of stPRpreemiePSSOpass slip stitch over
remremainingreprepeatRSRight side
S2KPOsl2 sts as if to K2tog, K1, pass sl sts overskskipSK2POsl1 st knitwise, K2tog, PSSO
SKPOsl1 st knitwise, K1, PSSOslslip stitch knitwiseSPPOslip 1, purl 1, pass slip stitch over purl st
SSPsl2 sts knitwise, return sts to left needle, P2tog TBLststitchst-ststocking stitch
stsstitchesT2LK into back of 2nd st, then K into front of 1st st, sl sts off left needle togT2LPP into back of 2nd st, then K into front of 1st st, sl sts off left needle tog, turn and rep
T2RK into front of 2nd st, then K into back of 1st st, sl sts off left needle togT2RPK into front of 2nd st, then P into front of 1st st, sl both off left needle tog, turn and repTBLthrough back loop(s)
TFLthrough front loop(s)WSwrong sideWYABwith yarn at back
WYIFwith yarn in frontYByarn in back of needleydyard
Yfwdyarn in front of needleYONyarn over needleYRNyarn around needle
SizeChestWidth of back/front (circular)Width of back/front (straight)Length of back/frontLength of sleeveWidth at top of sleeve
2.9lb preemie 10.5" 10.5" 5.3" 7.9" 5.3" 5.3"
3.3lb preemie 11" 11" 5.5" 8.3" 5.5" 5.5"
3.75lb preemie 11.5" 11.5" 5.8" 8.6" 5.8" 5.8"
4.2lb preemie 12" 12" 6" 9" 6" 6"
4.7lb preemie 12.5" 12.5" 6.3" 9.4" 6.3" 6.3"
5.25lb preemie 13" 13" 6.5" 9.8" 6.5" 6.5"
5.75lb preemie 14" 14" 7" 10.5" 7" 7"
newborn 15" 15" 7.5" 11.3" 7.5" 7.5"
3 mos 16" 16" 8" 12" 8" 8"
6-9 mos 17" 17" 8.5" 12.8" 8.5" 8.5"
12 mos 18" 18" 9" 13.5" 9" 9"
18 mos 19" 19" 9.5" 14.3" 9.5" 9.5"
24 mos 20" 20" 10" 15" 10" 10"
3 22" 22" 11" 16.5" 11" 11"
4 23" 23" 11.5" 17.3" 11.5" 11.5"
5 24" 24" 12" 18" 12" 12"
6 25" 25" 12.5" 18.8" 12.5" 12.5"
7 26" 26" 13" 19.5" 13" 13"
8 26.5" 26.5" 13.3" 19.9" 13.3" 13.3"
10 28" 28" 14" 21" 14" 14"
12 30" 30" 15" 22.5" 15" 15"
32 32" 32" 16" 24" 16" 16"
34 34" 34" 17" 25.5" 17" 17"
36 36" 36" 18" 27" 18" 18"
38 38" 38" 19" 28.5" 19" 19"
40 40" 40" 20" 30" 20" 20"
42 42" 42" 21" 31.5" 21" 21"
44 44" 44" 22" 33" 22" 22"
46 46" 46" 23" 34.5" 23" 23"
SizeHead CircumferenceHat CircumferenceHat Length
1-2lb preemie 9-10" 7.5-8.5" 3.5-4"
2-3lb preemie 10-11.25" 8.5-9.5" 4"
4-5lb preemie 11.5-12.5" 10.5-11.5" 4.5"
newborn 13-14" 12-13" 5.5-6"
3-6 mos 14-15" 13-14" 6.5"
6-12 mos 16-18" 15-17" 7.5"
12-24 mos 15-16" 14-15" 7.5"
2-3 yrs 18-19" 17-18" 8"
children's small 19-20" 18-19" 8-8.5"
children's medium 20-21" 19-20" 8-8.5"
children's large
adult's small
21-22" 20-21" 8.5-9.5"
adult's medium 22-23" 21-22" 8.5-9.5"
adult's large 23-24" 22-23" 9-10"
adult's xlarge 24+" 23+" 9-10"
Yardage (4"x4" swatch)
WeightTensionApprox yards for st-st swatch
Fingering/Sock28 sts x 36 rows15-17
Sport24 sts x 34 rows13-14
DK22 sts x 28 rows13
Worsted20 sts x 27 rows11-12
Chunky worsted16 sts x 21 rows10
Chunky15 sts x 20 rows9-10
Bulky12 sts x 16 rows7

Step 1: Selecting a pattern/tension tour

  1. Click on the bar below called 1. Pattern Stitches and Tension
  2. Select a pattern. The Help me! button describes how to save and use patterns.
1. Pattern Stitches and Tension

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Pattern Name:

Swatch (4" x 4")

Tension is sts x rows with needles.

Amount of yarn used: yards

Pattern Stitch (if needed)

Number of stitches:
Number of rows:

guest pattern 1
  • Pattern Stitch
    • Row 1: K2tog,Yfwd,K1
    • Row 2: Purl
  • Swatch (4" x 4")
    • 38.0 sts x 44.0 rows
    • 2.0 mm needle
    • 16.0yds of yarn
guest pattern 2
  • Pattern Stitch
    • Unknown
  • Swatch (4" x 4")
    • 36.0 sts x 42.0 rows
    • 2.5 mm needle
    • 15.0yds of yarn
the hat trick
  • Pattern Stitch
    • Unknown
  • Swatch (4" x 4")
    • 15.0 sts x 21.0 rows
    • 5.5 mm needle
    • 10.0yds of yarn
2. Instruction Generators
sweater hat scarf/shawl details all
  • Start with Border
  • Continue in Pattern
  • Shape Neck
  • Finish Neck Band
  • Increase on Both Sides
  • Decrease on Both Sides
  • Sum up Yardage
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Needle size: 
Needle type:

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Last row Width( inchessts ):

Length ( inchesrows ):

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Side edging:

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