Bar increase

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So-called because it leaves a telltale horizontal bar under the increased stitch, the bar increase is best for increases worked at the edge of your knitting, where it will be enclosed in a seam. Knitting directions for the bar increase read, "Knit 1 into the front and back of the stitch" or "klf&b."

To make a bar increase when you're working on the knit side, follow these steps:

  1. Knit 1 stitch as you normally would, but don't slide the old stitch off the LH needle.
  2. Bring the tip of the RH needle behind the LH needle and enter the back of the stitch from right to left.

Refer to the section "Twisting Stitches: Knitting through the Back Loop" for information about the front and back of a stitch.

3. Knit the stitch as normal and slide it off the LH needle.

You've worked 2 stitches from a single stitch.

To make a bar increase when you're working on the purl side, follow these steps:

  1. Purl 1 stitch as you normally would, but don't slide the old stitch off the LH needle.
  2. Keeping the RH needle behind the LH one, insert the tip of the RH needle through the back of the loop, entering it from left to right.
  3. Purl that stitch again and slide it off the LH needle.

You've worked 2 stitches from a single stitch.

If you're using this bar increase several stitches in from the edge as part of a paired increase, adjust the position of the stitch in which you make the increase so that the bar shows up in the same place on each side.

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