Increasing your Knowledge of Increases

Increases and decreases are the nuts and bolts of adding shaping and decorative elements to knitting. The variety of increases may seem intimidating but they all simply change your stitch count to either the right or left side of an existing stitch.They can be almost invisible or very apparent. Some will shift the grain of your fabric to a diagonal. If repeated at regular intervals, they can form a pattern and add texture. Paired with decreases, they make lovely lace patterns.stac-shoaigh-02There are several ways to make an increase.The yarn over: as simple as laying the yarn over the needle before you knit or purl the next stitch. It creates an eyelet and is usually used as a decorative element.DoodlerThe kfb (knit in the front leg and the back leg of a stitch): use the next stitch on the needle to create an extra stitch. It creates a small purl bump in your fabric that can become a textural element.The M1: uses the running yarn in between stitches. M1L and M1R will create slanted stitches which can be great for the spine or edges of a shawl or the diagonal shaping in raglan sleeves.ameliaLastly, the raised or lifted increase uses the stitch below to add a stitch. The raised increase is the most inconspicuous of all and is useful when you’ve found you are a stitch short and need to add one!There are many more increases to consider and they all have unique details and best uses to be aware of.Join Jenny for her Fearless Knitting demonstration of increases from 11am - noon Thursdays June 30 & July 7, and Saturdays July 2 & 9. She will demonstrate several increases, giving you a chance to practice each one as well as show you an easy way to keep track of increases and decreases in your project.Jenny is eager to help with your knitting questions of any type from noon until 1pm those days!