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How to Increase Stitches


As you get better at knitting and take on more complicated patterns, you're going to have to know how to increase stitches. Decreasing and increasing stitches allows you to shape a garment, such as a sweater or knit top pattern. Learn how to increase stitches with this picture tutorial by M. E. Harrington. This helpful article will teach you two different methods for increasing stitches - the make one method and the knit one method.

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.


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