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Knitting Tip- Increasing

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Increasing stitches
It’s often necessary to increase the number of stitches for various reasons: for shaping (e.g. for a waist), in structured or Ajour patterns, when changing patterns or yarns within one piece or simply as a decorative element.
Increasing in sleeves is dealt with in its own Knitting Tip.

Various possibilities
Depending on how distinctive you want the increasing to be, you can choose from various methods: picking up the cross stitch between two stitches, yarn round needle, knitting into the back of stitches and knitting into a lower stitch.

Here you can see the difference: to the right of the centre 4 stitches one stitch is picked up from the cross stitch (= pick up the cross stitch on the left needle and knit). To the left of the centre 4 stitches a stitch has been picked up through the back of the loop of the cross stitch (=pick up the cross stitch on the left needle and knit through the back of the loop).






Here you can see the difference: to the right of the centre 4 stitches there was a yarn-round- needle stitch in the right-side row, which was then purled in the following wrong-side row. To the left of the centre 4 stitches there was a yarn-round-needle stitch in the right-side row, which was then purled through the back of the loop in the following wrong-side row.





The most inconspicuous way to increase is picking up the cross stitch through the back of the loop, then knitting through the back of the loop of the yarn round needle, then the simple cross stitch pick-up and finally the simple yarn round needle.

Ribs
If you’re changing from stocking stitch to rib with the same width of the piece of work, it’s better to use another method. In our example we need two purl stitches instead of a knit stitch, so the knit stitch has to be doubled.

klassischeferse3.jpg (21831 bytes)Knit (plain) the stitch that is to be doubled in the row before (wrong side). In the next right-side row first purl the stitch, then pick up the purl ‘head’ of the same stitch in the previous row on to the left needle and purl this.










klassischeferse3.jpg (21831 bytes)The result is a discreet increase which is also decorative on the wrong side of the work.

   

   








Another tip

Cables also require more stitches than stocking stitch over the same width. Increase these stitches from the cross stitches at the first cable and then decrease them at the last cable, distributed equally over the upper and lower halves of thecables. This way, the edges of the knitted pieces stay straight and don’t bulge at the ends of the cables.