Basic Cable Abbreviations

+ Multiple of X stitches, plus Y. This isn't an abbreviation, however it is frequently seen with stitch patterns. If your stitch pattern calls for a Multiple of 10 stitches plus 2, you would cast on 10, 20, 30, etc., plus 2 more stitches. So, if you cast on 20 stitches, you would cast on 2 more for a total of 22 stitches.
 + Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches. What this means is to work the stitches as they appear on the next row you will work – not how you worked them on the previous row. So, when you look at the row ahead of you, you would knit the stitches that appear as knit stitches, and purl the stitches that appear as purl stitches.

These are abbreviations that you will see within most cable patterns.

- K: Knit | P: Purl.
- LC: Left Cross | RC: Right Cross.
- LPC: Left Purl Cross | RPC: Right Purl Cross.
- CO: Crossover.
- CN: Cable needle.
A/B LC: Slip A to CN and hold in front. Knit B then Knit A from CN.
A/B RC: Slip B to CN and hold in back. Knit A then Knit B from CN.
A/B LPC: Slip A to CN and hold in front. Purl B then Knit A from CN.
A/B RPC: Slip B to CN and hold in back. Knit A then Purl B from CN.

The following is list of the 24 most common cable abbreviations

1/1LC
Slip st to CN and hold in front, K1, then K1 from CN
1/1RC
Slip st to CN and hold in back, K1, then K1 fron CN
2/2LC
Slip 2 sts to CN and hold in front, K2, then K2 from CN
2/2RC
Slip 2 sts to CN and hold in back, K2, then K2 from CN
3/3LC
Slip 3 sts to CN and hold in front, K3, then K3 from CN
3/3RC
Slip 3 sts to CN and hold in back, K3, then K3 from CN
1/1LPC
Slip st to CN and hold in front, P1, then K1 from CN
1/1RPC
Slip st to CN and hold in back, K1, then P1 from CN
1/2LPC
Slip st to CN and hold in front, P2, then K1 from CN
1/2RPC
Slip 2 sts to CN and hold in back, K1, then P2 from CN
2/1LPC
Slip 2 sts to CN and  hold in font, P1, then K2 from CN
2/1RPC
Slip st to CN and hold in back, K2, then P1 from CN
2/2LPC
Slip 2 sts to CN and  hold in font, P2, then K2 from CN
2/2RPC
Slip 2 st to CN and hold in back, K2, then P2 from CN
3/1LPC
Slip 3 sts to CN and  hold in font, P1, then K3 from CN
3/1RPC
Slip st to CN and hold in back, K3, then P1 from CN
3/2LPC
Slip 3 sts to CN and  hold in font, P2, then K3 from CN
3/2RPC
Slip 2 sts to CN and hold in back, K3, then P2 from CN
3/3LPC
Slip 3 sts to CN and  hold in font, P3, then K3 from CN
3/3RPC
Slip 3 sts to CN and hold in back, K3, then P3 from CN
1/1/1LC
Slip st to CN and hold in front, slip next st to second CN and hold in back, K1, K1 from back CN, K1 from front CN
1/1/1RC
Slip 2 sts to CN and hold in back, K1, slip 1 st from CN to left needle and move CN to front, K1, K1 from CN
2/2/2LC
Slip 2 sts to CN and hold in front, slip next 2 sts to second CN and hold in back, K2, K2 from back CN, K2 from front CN.
2/2/2RC
Slip 4 sts to cn and hold in back, K2, slip 2 sts from CN to left needle and move CN to front, K2, K2 from CN
2/2/2LPC
Slip 2 sts to CN and hold in front, slip next 2 sts to second CN and hold in back, k2, P2 from back CN, k2 from front CN
2/2/2RPC
Slip 4 sts to cn and hold in back, K2, slip 2 sts from CN to left needle and move CN to front, P2, K2 from CN