I found these on schachenmayr.com :
FO finished object yay!
OTN on the needles
PHD project half done
WIP work in progress
UFO unfinished object
URO/UO unrecognised object (was that a hat I started, or a scarf?)
SSS second sock syndrome (second sock takes much longer to knit than the first)
TAAT two at a time – a solution to SSS, also good for sleeves
DPN double pointed needles
LYS local yarn store
CAL/KAL crochet along / knit along
TINK ‘knit’ backwards – correcting errors
The schachenmayr site also has hundreds of free patterns that you can download without having to sign up or register, although you can do so if you want. It’s heartening to see a business giving something not just for free but also without requiring your data in return.
Buttonholes for a girl or a boy?
If you’re knitting a cardigan and don’t know if it’s for a girl or a boy, make buttonholes on both fronts and then when you know which it should be, sew the button on and close the buttonhole at the same time. This also means you’re more likely to place/space the buttons correctly as long as your buttonholes were in the right place to start off with.
www.theyarnloop.com is the home of three UK knitting magazines: The Knitter, Simply Knitting and Knit Today. There are free and paid for patterns, tutorials, reviews and loads of other stuff.