Knitting into the stitch below

Knitting into the stitch below is a technique often used for increasing stitches. If your instructions tell you to "knit (or purl) into the stitch below," often abbreviated klb or k-b (or plb or p-b for purling), follow these steps (adjust them to purl into the stitch below):

1. Insert your needle into the stitch directly below the next stitch on the LH needle (see Figure 6-11); then wrap and knit as you normally would.

This is the increase stitch.

2. Knit the stitch on the LH needle.

You now have two stitches where one used to be. If you look at the purl side of your work, you'll see two purl bumps for the stitch you've made.

Stitch below

Figure 6-11:

The stitch you knit in when you knit into the stitch below.

Stitch below

Figure 6-11:

The stitch you knit in when you knit into the stitch below.

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