INCREASING STITCHES


Making garments that fit a shape means that sometimes you will need to increase and decrease the number of stitches in a row. There are various techniques to do this – here we show you the basic make one method. Learn to use this technique in our Striped Headband kit.

Look at our step by step photo instructions, or watch the video below for instructions on how to increase a stitch.

STEP 1

Hold your two needles slightly apart and look for the line of yarn between your stitches.

STEP 2

Use your left hand needle to pick up the line.

STEP 3

Insert your right needle into the back of the line of yarn you just picked up. If you put it through the front, you’ll end up with a hole in your work.

STEP 4

Knit a stitch into the ‘new’ line of yarn. You should now have an extra stitch.

STEP 5

Sometimes your pattern might say M1L or M1R(“make 1 left/right”). These instructions above show how to make 1 left. The different stitches are used decoratively and change the slant made by the new stitch.

STEP 6

There are other ways of increasing that your pattern might ask you to do. They might include stitches like KFB (“knit front and back”), and these all produce different patterns.

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