Last issue, we talked about decreases.
What could be more natural than to tackle
Most people have a favorite increase that they come back
to again and again. Unless the pattern
specifies a particular increase you should
feel free to use whatever you like best.
But you may find it helpful to have a
passing acquaintance with some of the
other increases that may give a different
Yarn over increase The simplest increase is the yarn-over increase which
is simply worked by moving the yarn under the
right hand needle then over it towards the back
of the work.
The yarn over increase is intentionally
obvious – it
makes a big hole in the knitting which is
the basis of most lace knitting.
Make one increase The "make one" increase
is also a very easy increase. Basically
a make one increase is a yarn over with a
twist, which effectively closes up the big
hole that is made with a yarn over. Make one (usually abbreviated
M1 or m1) can be made two different ways:
One way to make a M1 is to pick up the horizontal strand between
two stitches and twist it.
This can be done so that it slants
right by inserting the left-hand needle from back to front
into strand between two stitches…
and knit normally:
or so that it slants left by inserting
the left-hand needle from front to back into strand …
and knit it through the back loop:
The result of right slanting and left slanting on either side
of a center stitch looks like this:
Another way to make a M1 is the Elizabeth
Zimmermann method. It produces the same stitch, only in the
current row rather than the row below.
Slanting right by making a loop on the right hand needle like
Slanting left by making a loop on the right hand needle like
The finished result looks quite a bit like the first version:
These increases do not – of course – have
to be paired, you can use them individually if you like,
or the pattern does not call for paired increases.
Bar increase Yet another
way to increase is the knit through the front and the back
(kfb) increase – also known as a “bar
First knit through the front:
then – without removing the stitch from the left hand
needle – knit it through the back loop:
This increase is very sturdy and does
not leave any visible hole, but does make
a purl bump on
the knit side of the work [what some people
call the "bar"].
Raised increase One of the most invisible increases is the raised or lifted
For a right leaning increase, lift the stitch below the stitch
on the left needle
and knit it.
For a left leaning increase, lift the stitch below the
stitch you just knit on the right needle
and knit it.
If you find that either of these leaves
more of a hole than you’d like, feel free to knit them
through the back loop to tighten them up.
These are the increases that Cat Bordhi calls
LLinc and LRinc and demonstrates wonderfully in