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How to Increase Knitting

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There are many reasons you will want to learn different types of increases in knitting. From shaping garments to lacework, knitting increases are essential to knitter’s skills. Do you want a left or right-leaning increase? Or how about a center increase? This post will help you learn how to increase knitting and which style works best for your knit project.

Knitting Increases In this Post:

How to Increase Knitting Supplies:

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Make One Right (M1R)

The Make One Right, abbreviated M1R, increase stitch is a right leaning increase. It uses the horizontal bar between two stitches to increase by one.

Step 1:

Insert the left needle under the strand between the left and right needles from back to front, lifting the horizontal strand onto the needle.

Step 2:

With the working yarn in the back, insert the right needle through the front of the stitch.

Step 3:

Wrap the yarn under, then over the right needle to knit the stitch. This is one right-leaning knit stitch increase.

Make One Left (M1L)

The Make One Left, abbreviated M1L, increase stitch is a left leaning increase. It uses the horizontal bar between two stitches to increase by one.

Step 1:

Insert the left needle under the strand between the left and right needles from front to back, lifting the horizontal strand onto the needle.

Step 2:

With the working yarn in the back, insert the right needle through the back of the stitch.

Step 3:

Wrap the yarn under, then over the right needle to knit the stitch. This is one left-leaning knit stitch increase.

Make One Right Purlwise (M1RP)

The Make One Right Purlwise, abbreviated M1RP, increase stitch is a right leaning increase purlwise. It uses the horizontal bar between two stitches to increase by one.

Step 1:

Insert the left needle under the strand between the left and right needles from back to front, lifting the horizontal strand onto the needle.

Step 2:

With the working yarn in the back, insert the right needle through the front of the stitch.

Step 3:

Wrap the yarn under, then over the right needle to purl the stitch. This is one right-leaning purl stitch increase.

Make One Left Purlwise (M1LP)

The Make One Left Purlwise, abbreviated M1LP, increase stitch is a left leaning purl increase. It uses the horizontal bar between two stitches to increase by one.

Step 1:

Insert the left needle under the strand between the left and right needles from front to back, lifting the horizontal strand onto the needle.

Step 2:

With the working yarn in the back, insert the right needle through the back of the stitch.

Step 3:

Wrap the yarn under, then over the right needle to purl the stitch. This is one left-leaning purl stitch increase. (This looks like a M1L when viewed from the knit side)

Tutorials and Stitches

I hope you enjoyed learning a few different ways of How to Increase Knitting. Check out my other knit tutorials for even more knitting tips and methods.

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