See below for hints and tips on: Acronyms, Buttonholes, Hat measurements, Useful websites, Yarn weight terms translation
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.
Here’s a chart that gives circumference and lengths for hats. The length is from the crown of the head to the brim, If you want a turned up brim, add an inch to the length in the child sizes and a couple of inches to the length in teen and adult sizes.
head circumference hat length
newborn 14 5
baby 3-12 mths 17-18 6-6.5
toddler 1-3 yrs 19 7
child 3-10 yrs 20 7.5
pre-teen & teen 21 8
small adult 22 9
large adult 23-24 9.5
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.
Yarn weight translation
Here’s a translation of UK/US terms used for yarn weight or thickness
1 ply Lace Weight
2 ply Fingering
3 ply Sock
4 ply Sport
DK DK/ Light Worsted
Super Chunky Super Bulky