Single and double increases

To increase means to add one or more stitches to your work. The increases can be divided between internal, within the current edges of the piece, and external, which are made at the edges of the work, either at the beginning or at the end of a row.

■ internal increases

Single increase.

Knit same stitch twice, first through front loop as usual, then with stitch still on left needle; reach behind work to knit into back loop of same stitch (working 2 stitches in I); slide old stitch from left needle. You can also increase purl stitches by purling into front and back of same stitch.

Single increase.

Knit same stitch twice, first through front loop as usual, then with stitch still on left needle; reach behind work to knit into back loop of same stitch (working 2 stitches in I); slide old stitch from left needle. You can also increase purl stitches by purling into front and back of same stitch.

2 Increase toward the right. With tip of right needle, lift stitch beneath stitch you wish to knit and knit it, then knit stitch on needle. You can also increase purl stitches working into stitch and one below it.

3 Increase toward the left. Knit stitch on needle as usual without sliding it off needle, then, with tip of left needle, lift stitch beneath one just worked and knit it. You can also increase purl stitches this way.

IKnit. To make this yarn over, bring yarn forward over needle and wrap it around to back, making a loop on needle; on next row, work loop as stitch.

2 Purl. Wrap yarn up over needle and return it to front under needle, forming loop; on next row, work loop as stitch. See page 12 for more ways to make a yarn over.

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