Making a double increase

There are occasions in knitting — in certain stitch patterns or when working a raglan sweater from the neck down — when you need to increase 2 stitches in the same place. This is called working a double increase, and it often uses an existing stitch as the increase point.

Doubling your increase with a yarn over

Doubling your increase with a yarn over results in 3 stitches being made from 1 stitch. To use this technique, work to the stitch in which you plan to make the increase and then follow these steps:

  1. Insert your RH needle as if to knit.
  2. Wrap the yarn around the needle and bring the new loop through to the front, but don't slide the old stitch off the LH needle.
  3. Bring the yarn between the needles to the front.
  4. With the yarn in front and down, insert the RH needle as if to knit into the same stitch again.
  5. Bring the yarn over the RH needle to the back.
  6. Wrap the yarn around the tip of the RH needle as you normally would, pull the loop through, and slide the old loop off. You'll see 3 stitches clustered together on your RH needle.

Doubting your increase with a make 1

Doubling your increase with a make 1 makes a new stitch on either side of an existing center stitch. Make the increase symmetrical by twisting the m1 increase before the center stitch to the right and the m1 increase after the center stitch to the left. To create a double increase with a make 1, work to the stitch marked for the increase, and then follow these steps:

1. Work a ml that twists to the right.

As in the m1 increase presented earlier in this chapter, insert your LH needle under the running thread between the stitch just made and the stitch designated as the center stitch, insert the RH needle from left to right through the lifted strand stitch, and knit as normal (refer to Figure 6-8).

  1. Knit the next (center) stitch as normal.
  2. Work a m1 that twists to the left.

With your LH needle, pick up the running thread between the knitted center stitch and the stitch that follows it; then knit the lifted strand through the back (refer to Figure 6-10).

For more ways to work a double increase, check out Knitting from the Top by Barbara Walker (Schoolhouse Press). She gives a whopping ten ways to make a double increase.

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