Wednesday, May 23, 2007

A very nearly invisible increase

Here is an increase which is as invisible as any increase can well be--the sort of increase you would do in the middle of a field of stockinette, should you ever need to do such a thing.
Step 1 (above): The green stitch is the next stitch on the left needle, the red stitch is the stitch under that. The blue yarn is the yarn of the current row--called the running yarn.
* * *
Step 2 (above): Insert the head of the right needle into the red stitch as shown.
* * *


Step 3 (above): Place the head of the red stitch on the left needle--arrange it untwisted, with the right arm forward.
* * *
Step 4 (above): With the running yarn (blue) knit the red stitch AND the green stitch.

That's it. Neat, huh?

--TECHknitter

PS:  There has been some confusion between the nearly invisible increase which ADDS a stitch to your fabric (this post above) and "knitting into the stitch below" which is a knitting trick to make a thick and puffy fabric but which does NOT ADD a stitch.  It is true that both of these techniques involve the stitch below, but they are not the same thing and confusing one for the other will cause no end of problems in trying to follow a pattern!
(You have been reading TECHknitting on: Invisible increases)

84 Comments:

Blogger Isela: Purling Sprite said...

Would this pull the stitch below a little bit upwards?

May 23, 2007 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Jocelyn said...

I assume you don't need to knit the red stitch through the back loop like you do with the M1, right?

May 23, 2007 at 10:08 AM  
Anonymous kmkat said...

Zounds. I'll have to remember that one (I say that pretty much every time I read your blog).

May 23, 2007 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

I use this increase all the time and love it--it really is nearly invisible. I have a question about your second picture there: Unless I'm looking at it wrong, it looks like the red stitch is coming in front of the green stitch, rather than staying behind it, implying that you'd lift the stitch underneath up and over the stitch on the needle. (What it actually looks like is how the technique looks from the back, I think, or like the red stitch is a purl.) However in image 3 the red stitch is back behind the green one. I just mention it because I wouldn't want anyone to be confused by the illustration! You have such a great resource here...

May 23, 2007 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger LaurieM said...

You can mirror this increase by knitting the stitch, and then knitting into the lower (red) stitch, but on the right-hand needle (the one just knit). I use this technique for toe up socks and for shaping sleeves. It's no good for stranded mittens though.

May 23, 2007 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger --TECHknitter said...

Hi Everyone.

Isela--Yes, it does pull the stitch up somewhat, but try for yourself--I find this increase nearly undetectable.

Jocelyn--the reason to knit through the back loop is to tighten up a stitch, or to prevent a hole as in a YO. In this increase, there is no such problem, so you are correct--there is no reason to knit tbl.

Ashley--THANK YOU for identifying the error in the illustrations. I have corrected illustrations 2 and 4. Do they look better to you now?

LaurieM--you bet you can mirror it, but since it is a nearly undetectable increase, I thought that putting in the mirror image would be too much information--like the medieval stone carvers who put eyelashes on angels--despite the fact that the stone angels were to be set on top of a cathedral. Thanks though, for boldly going into that territory.

May 23, 2007 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Janice in GA said...

I used this increase long years ago when I was adapting a sleeve knitted flat to knitting in the round. It was the most invisible increase I could find for the pattern! I'm surprised it's not used more often.

May 23, 2007 at 1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi techknitter, I really enjoy reading this blog, thanks for the great work.

I think I'm seeing the corrected version but I am confused by the last illustration. It looks like the left leg of the red stitch should be behind the green stitch not in between it. It seems inconsistent with the previous illustrations.

May 23, 2007 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger --TECHknitter said...

Hi Anonymous--I think (ARrrrrgh!) that these illustrations have a HEX on them. I've replaced the fourth illustration for the second time. Does it look OK to you all now?

Thanks for catching it

--TECHknitter

May 23, 2007 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger catsmum said...

I think that I speak for all your regular readers when I say that we DO appreciate the incredible amount of time and effort that goes into getting this stuff correct.
Have you ever thought about approaching a publisher?

May 24, 2007 at 1:07 AM  
Blogger --TECHknitter said...

Hi Catsmum--Thanks for your kind words. As far as a publisher -- maybe after a couple of years' worth of stuff. There's so much more to come -- finishing, a nifty way to keep track of cables, how to line a sweater, on and on and on. For right now, I still have some tricks with color knitting coming--the samples take a long time to knit, through.

Thanks again to Catsmum and to all the eagle-eyed correctors--I very much appreciate your writing

--TECHknitter

May 24, 2007 at 8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Thanks so much!

May 24, 2007 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Thanks!

May 24, 2007 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

The corrected illustrations look perfect--and I totally second Catsmum. You should be publishing this stuff!

May 24, 2007 at 9:37 PM  
Anonymous Ronna said...

I love your attention to detail. You care so very much and share so much of yourself . Thank you, thank you, thank you. YOU make me a better knitter and you are so motivating.

May 25, 2007 at 12:34 AM  
Blogger Brensmama said...

Wow - I am very new to knitting and haven't had luck with ANY type of increase - either I get a nasty looking "bump" in my work or a huge gap - this is the ONLY increase I use anymore because it is so flawless. Thank you so much for your site and these wonderful diagrams!

November 13, 2007 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger sonda said...

Thank you so much! Your illustrations are great.

February 15, 2008 at 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this what is known as the "lifted increase?" I am finishing up my swatches for Master Knitter Level 1 and the lifted increase is the only one that is unfamiliar to me.

March 23, 2008 at 1:03 AM  
Blogger sandyc said...

Thanks so much! I love the color coding! It's so much easier to understand then just black and white.

November 29, 2008 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger ponka said...

thank you! this is great!

December 7, 2008 at 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Missy said...

I am new to knitting and it took me awhile to realize this has to be done on a previous row of purl stitches, right? I was trying to increase while doing garter stitches. Thanks for your site!

February 21, 2009 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger --TECHknitter said...

Hi Missy--the nearly invisible increase is actually done on the face of stockinette fabric, with the knit stitches facing you. If you tried this increase in garter stitch it would not be nearly invisible--in fact, you would disrupt the pattern in a obvious way. If you want to increase in garter stitch, I suggest the "two handy increases, one slanting left, one slanting right." You can navigate to that post using the indexes, in the right-hand column of the blog. As far as which one to use--the right or the left--it really won't make any difference at all in garter stitch.

Thanks for writing --TK

February 22, 2009 at 2:07 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Thanks so much for your great web site. I am teaching myself knitting & your diagrams & explainations make things click- so I understand what I'm trying to do.
I've used your invisible increases on a circular stockinette cowl I am knitting & they turned out great. What I especially like is the lack of direction of the increases- they are subtle.

February 28, 2009 at 2:57 PM  
Anonymous Wisconsinite in the Northeast said...

Linked here from http://lostthethread.blogspot.com/2008/06/greenleaf-hat.html
and oh my gosh, I am so impressed by your clear diagrams that I can't wait to try out some of your other techniques. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with the world!

March 2, 2009 at 7:01 PM  
Anonymous GolfclubCover said...

Holy cow! You offer clear answers to problems I didn't even know I had! Question: How do you do your illustrations? By hand? Some drawing program?

June 4, 2009 at 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Erica said...

Thank you! I am using this technique now on Pocket Book Slippers. It looks nice in the garter stitch.

September 9, 2009 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Thank you! This increase is working perfectly for a baby sweater I'm making that calls for increases in a section of stockinette stitch. None of the other increases I had tried looked right, but this one is great! :)

October 16, 2009 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Vanessa Echo said...

Is this increase only for work on straight needles?
I've been having the hardest time cause I keep getting a gap when I use it and I was wondering if it had to with the fact that I am knitting in the round...:(

November 3, 2009 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger --TECHknitter said...

Hi Vanessa--this increase works in the round, or at least, it does for me. Can you get it to work when you do it in flat knitting? If so, I would wonder why knitting in the round has a different outcome, given that this increase is done on the front face ("knit side") of a stockinette fabric.

Try it on a flat fabric and write again, OK?

Best, TK

November 3, 2009 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Vanessa Echo said...

I figured it out! I was knitting into the front of the lifted stitch instead of the back, that's why I was getting a hole.
Sorry for my silliness! Thank you though, because it is very invisible ^_^

November 3, 2009 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Reena Meijer Drees said...

Love this increase, use it all the time. This one "leans to the right"; there's a twin which "leans to the left" that you can knit into the arm of a stitch AFTER you've knit it (ie. you knit a stitch, then dig into the arm of the one below to increase). This is a lousy description, but Cat Bordhi's got some good videos on YOUTUBE demonstrating both these increases. She calls them "La-Rinc" and "La- Linc". Check them out!

On a totally different knit-geek topic: anyone know how to even out chain selvedges? My selvedges never work out the same on the left and right sides. One's always nice and tight, the other, floppy and ugly. Help!

November 30, 2009 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Pen said...

I love your site. I am learning to knit online having been banned form all handwork classes as a child! Too noisy, too grubby. It gives me such a buzz to learn now. Is there a "near invisible way" of decreasing? I'd love to know how. Meanwhile, thank you.

December 8, 2009 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger dori said...

Can't wait to try this. Been knitting for years, always using kf&b for increase. But, this looks promising!

December 9, 2009 at 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Elle said...

I just found this, and it's AWESOME. I don't know how I lived without this increase! Thank you for such clear instructions and illustrations. The cardigan I am currently knitting also thanks you. :)

April 21, 2010 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Dana's closet said...

Is there an equivalent for a purl side increase?

May 15, 2010 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Just found this. It is AMAZING! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

July 5, 2010 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger mart said...

Great post! I am thinking of using this in a pattern I am writing and wondering what to call it (and how to abbreviate it for the pattern). Any thoughts or suggestions? Does it have an official name and abbreviation?
Thanks!

October 5, 2010 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

Hi Mart--there are various names for this, but the names are quite confusing. Some call this an "m1," (make one) although others think "m1" means something else altogether. Other teachers of knitting have their own pet made-up names for this. Truthfully, the confusion is such that I chose NOT to name it, but rather, to describe it.

As to using it in a pattern, If you would like, you are welcome to drop a *link to this post* in your pattern, so as to avoid confusion. --TK

October 6, 2010 at 6:21 AM  
Blogger D. Carlen said...

This is fabulous. I'm posting about it and linking to it. I've knitted for years now and never saw this increase anywhere. I love it. It looks like a fork in the road when you make it...like the stitches magically multiplied with little tell-tale signs at all. While other increase methods are equally purposeful, this is great when you want it to be as inconspicuous as possible. Wonderful. Thanks much.

November 7, 2010 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger mwhite said...

I have just discovered these increases and really love them! No holes, no twists and no purl bumps...I describe them as:
M1bfwd- A capital L for chart symbol and
M1baft- A reversed capital L for chart symbol.

Thanks for the very nicely detailed drawings! Mary

December 28, 2010 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

A note to "Frustrated:" The last diagram shows the situation AFTER the knitting is complete. In other words, once you have the red and the green stitches parked on the LEFT needle, you knit them one at a time, just like any other knit stitch--you insert the right needle FIRST into the red loop and knit it with the "running yarn" also called the "working yarn, as shown in BLUE in the diagram, and THEN you repeat that, inserting the right needle into the green stitch and knitting that with the blue (running) yarn. Where you had ONE column of stitches before (the column with the green stitch AND the red stitch first picture) you now have the foundation of TWO columns of stitches--the two blue stitches you've worked, one INTO the red and one INTO the green stitch. (bottom picture). One stitch column has become two and you have an increase.

February 10, 2011 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Sophos said...

I have a pattern where I need to do the increases on the purl side. Is it possible to use this increase on the purl side?
If not, which increase can you recommend?
Thanks!!

March 12, 2011 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

Hi Sophos--frankly, the purl side is so loopy that it really doesn't matter which increase you use--use whichever one you prefer, because there is no evident "lean" to stitches on the purl side.

March 12, 2011 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Sophos said...

Hi Techknitter! Thanks so much for your advice (and very speedy response) and for your great website! I'd buy your book for sure!
/Sophie

March 12, 2011 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger DJ Lau said...

Just used this to fix a missing increase that wasn't obvious several rows back. THIS IS AWESOME!!! You're THE Knitting Guru, you've helped me in so so so many ways, so thanks once again!!!!!

April 19, 2011 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger tricobsession said...

hy, i am just discovering your blog ! whouawhou ! you aure going to make my projets more interesting , and my knits more perfect.
thanx, thanx, thanx ! ! !

June 16, 2011 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

I always make this increase stitch but somehow I find that the sides turn out a bit different from each other - e.g. left side increase is different from right side increase.
Is there a way to minimize this? (or am I just too picky?!)

June 20, 2011 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

Hi Denise--if you make this increase on the other side (L side) you have to reach down TWO stitches to make it match, since you had to KNIT a stitch to get to the other side. Other than that, the sts should match exactly... Write again if this isn't the problem. --TK

June 21, 2011 at 7:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,
Is this just for knit side increases? Or can you do this on purl side too. I've been looking around for an increase to look invisible for a cardigan I'm making - the last jumper I made looked horrible because of the increases I used (okay, there were many other things that made it look horrible, but I'm using increases as my excuse!)
Thanks!

August 24, 2011 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

Hi Anon--if the increases are made on the purl side, and the garment is going to be worn on that side (reverse stockinette showing) then there is just no problem--pretty nearly any shaping (increase or decrease) will be hidden in a reverse stockinette fabric because all the bumps hide nearly anything. If it is done on the purl side to be seen from the knit side, the easiest thing is to re-write the pattern so the increases get MADE on the knit side. Further questions? Write again, OK?

August 25, 2011 at 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Brigitte said...

Wow, a great way to describe this increase.

Would you mind if I added a link to this in a pattern I am going to write? Your drawings show more tahn a thousand words.
This is the shawl for pattern
http://beyenburgerin.wordpress.com/2011/09/12/crepidula-shawl-ii/

Greetings from Germany

Brigitte

September 15, 2011 at 5:11 AM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

Dear Brigitte: You are always welcome to give your readers a link to a post on TECHknitting blog, whether in a pattern or in a discussion.

Thanks for asking--besten Gruß aus der USA! (Best wishes from the USA)

--TK

September 15, 2011 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger The Cat In The Hat said...

Oh my gosh! THANK YOU for this!! I've recently started knitting and was trying to make a knitted and stuffed animal. It called for an invisible increase, but they way the book explained it (in one short and confusing sentence) had me utterly baffled. I can finally finish my project now! :) The pictures helped tremendously too!

October 5, 2011 at 10:09 PM  
Anonymous Arianna said...

Great increase and diagrams but when I do it on the sleeve I am working on, it feels like there is a bump in the fabric on the wrong side. Any ideas how I can avoid this?

November 17, 2011 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

Hi Arianna, I'm sorry, I can't help you because I'm not sure how the bump is happening? I don't get a bump when I do this increase :(

--TK

November 17, 2011 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger ...kkfkfkf said...

Does this increase slant in a particular direction?

December 7, 2011 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

Hi K...

Well, the fact is, the increase does slant, but what with being nearly invisible, it doesn't slant much, if you catch my drift. There IS a symmetrical decrease which is worked on the other side of a stitch (and somewhat confusingly, AFTER the stitch has been knitted, requiring you to therefore reach down TWO rows to mirror the shaping) but I think this is a little like carving eyelashes on the statues of angels hundreds of feet up in the air on a cathedral roof--somewhat unnecessary. (Although--true confession, I do use the mirror image myself.)

Thanks for writing, TK

December 7, 2011 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger ...kkfkfkf said...

Thanks for the fast response, I ask because I plan on knitting a shawl that calls for M1Ls and M1Rs. In this case, do I actually want an increase that is noticeable?

December 7, 2011 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

Hi K...

your question is a good one, but I don't know the answer. Your best bet is to go on Ravelry and look around. You can look for the scarf pattern and see how others did it (assuming anyone else has worked that design) or you could go on the TECHNIQUES forum and ask your question, and see if anyone is familiar with that pattern.

Ravelry is a goldmine of information which can really help untangle specific questions like this!

http://www.ravelry.com/

(cut and pate linky inot browser window)

Best TK

December 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM  
Anonymous Parker47 said...

I think this is called a "lifted increase" in other publications. right?

January 12, 2012 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

Hi P47: This is called a lifted increase, and a M1 and a bunch of other things, too. That's why I tried to go with a descriptive name... Best, TK

January 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this! I had vaguely remembered it but was doing it improperly and kept getting a hole. Luckily I found your site after I googled "knitting increases without holes". I plan on using it for a ribbed pattern so I will try purling into the lifted stitch...it should work as well.

January 18, 2012 at 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knit most of my sweaters in the round and top down. Is there a comparable invisible decrease that I can use? I don't like the look of the obvious 'blips' in a round yoke. And can't always hide them in a stitch pattern. Thanks for All your help! Paula in Iowa

January 23, 2012 at 11:20 PM  
Blogger maxineshoes said...

I think I have the technique figured out, so why am I not having the correct amount of stitches when I get through with the round?

February 13, 2012 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

Hi MS: I'm not sure why? Please consider posting a photo on the technique forum of Ravelry, and you are sure to get a lot of answers. Alternatively, you could shoot a photo over to me at the e-mail address which you can find under the "view my complete profile" link in the right sidebar of the main page of the blog.

Best, TK

February 13, 2012 at 9:09 PM  
Anonymous Liz said...

Hey! I just wanted to say thanks so much for this. As a newbie knitter, I need to see easy to understand directions and pictures. This has both...and it's easier/better than m 1 - no holes! Thanks again :D

April 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger Pauline said...

Thank you so much, it is very clear and a big help!

May 21, 2012 at 6:09 PM  
Anonymous Bekah S. said...

Super! This is just what I was looking for!

May 29, 2012 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Laurinda said...

Fabulous! Perfect! EXACTLY what I needed! Thank you SO MUCH!!

September 16, 2012 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger nekkidknitter said...

I believe the increase I use achieves the same results as this but doesn't require pulling the loop up on to the needle. I insert my R needle tip down into the purl bump of the red stitch, pull a stitch through, and then knit the green stitch as normal. I love it...I use it all the time!

September 28, 2012 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! This increase is called for in the pattern for a last-minute Christmas gift I want to make and I couldn't figure it out. I knew I could rely on you for a clear, completely understandable explanation!

December 21, 2012 at 4:06 PM  
Anonymous nikon 5100 said...

Thank you for this amazing advice. Until now I used k b/f and wasn't satisfied.

December 25, 2012 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger brista said...

Thanks! This looks 100% better than what I was doing before (k1 f & b). The pattern I used didn't say what to do, only to increase by 1. So this is super helpful and definitely nearly invisible! By the way, I love your site! It's been so helpful and is very easy to understand. Your illustrations are amazing, too. :)

March 19, 2013 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I love this increase (and all of your other tips). I'm knitting a pattern that calls for 1 increase, just before the maker, on every row (RS & WS). If I used this increase for the RS what kind of increase would you recommend for the WS? Everything I've tried is causing really pronounced ladders in the space between the marker and the increased stitch. Thanks for your help!!!

May 10, 2013 at 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Juliet said...

Exactly what I was looking for!

July 21, 2013 at 7:20 AM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

Thank you SO much, this is exactly what I needed.

December 22, 2013 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger uniquegeek said...

Great informative graphics, I used this for the first time in a project I'm modifying and it's exactly what I needed.

January 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Wow that was so helpful and so well explained. Great graphics and colors! My second sleeve looks awesome now with no holes! I'm looking to learn to write patterns one day so I'd love to know how you created this document if you don't mind sharing. Thanks again. I don't get nervous making my increases now that I know they are invisible!

Andrea d.

January 7, 2014 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

Hi Andrea--thanks for your kind words, so glad you found the post useful. The illustrations are drawn using a software package called "Adobe Illustrator." The illustrations are created with the pen tool, drawn by hand, using a mouse--very old-school way of drawing.

Best regards, TK

January 7, 2014 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

This is truly a serendipitous finding. I'm starting my first project with sleeves which calls for a K1b. Thought I had it beat - - but it beat ME! Yikes! I ended up frogging this thing four times, almost in tears, until I found your blog. What a godsend your site is. I am now a devout follower. Thank you.

Stacey

March 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM  
OpenID handmadestitchbystitch said...

You have the most excellent blog. Thank you so much. You have helped me so much in my knitting, there really aren't enough words to thank you with. I'm really looking forward to your book. I know you don't have one out yet, but I just want you to know, I'm waiting for it, I'm sure it'll be just as fabulous as your blog.

July 19, 2014 at 4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm new to knitting and your blog is such a great help. Thank you so much

October 14, 2014 at 12:27 AM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

You are very welcome, Anon!

October 14, 2014 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

I'm so happy that I found this post today! You saved my cabled cowl! Thanks so much! =)

October 24, 2014 at 8:23 AM  

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