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How to Increase Stitches

By: M. E. Harrington, contributor for AllFreeKnitting

Learning how to increase stitches in your projects doesn't have to be difficult.  Use this free knitting tutorial from M.E. Harrington to help you through the process.  Here are two popular methods to help get you started.

Make One Method:

  1. One method is to make an extra stitch between two existing stitches.  To do this, pick up the yarn between two stitches with the tip of the knitting needle in your right hand.

  2. Place it on the left hand needle.

  3. Then knit, (or purl) into the new stitch which has been added on.

  4. You now have an additional stitch.

Knit One Method:


  1. To knit an increase in stitches, first knit into the front of the stitch in the usual manner. (If you are increasing on a purl row, purl into front of the stitch.)

  2. Before slipping the stitch off the needle, knit into the back side of the stitch.

  3. You will now have 2 two stitches, where there was one before.


For more beginner tips and tutorials, check out our free eBook: Knitting for Beginners: 9 Free Tutorials.


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