Working a make

To work the make 1 increase (abbreviated ml), you create a new, separate stitch between 2 stitches that are already on the needle. When you get to the point where you want to make an increase, pull the LH and RH needle slightly apart. You'll notice a horizontal strand of yarn, called the running thread, connecting the first stitch on each needle. You use the running thread to make the new stitch. The increased stitch will be a twisted stitch that crosses to the right or to the left and leaves no little hole. (Refer to the earlier section "Twisting Stitches: Knitting through the Back Loop" for details on how twisted stitches work.)

After you make one of these increases, check to make sure that it's twisted in the direction you intended. If it isn't, undo your new stitch — it will only unravel as far as the running thread — and try it again.

Twisting to the right

When you're working on the knit side and want your make 1 increase to twist to the right, work to the point between 2 stitches where you want to increase, and then follow these steps:

1. Bring the tip of the LH needle under the running thread from back to front.

The running thread will be draped over the LH needle as if it were a stitch (see Figure 6-8a).

2. Insert the RH needle through the draped strand from left to right (see Figure 6-8b) and knit as normal.

Figure 6-8:

Knitting a m1 increase that twists to the right.

If you want to work a right-twisting make 1 increase on the purl side, follow the preceding steps, except change Step 2 by purling the strand by going into the front loop (the part that's closest to you) from right to left and purling as normal (see Figure 6-9).

You can turn a make 1 into a decorative eyelet (a little hole) increase by knitting or purling into the running thread without twisting it.

Figure 6-9:

Purling a m1 increase that twists to the right.

Figure 6-9:

Purling a m1 increase that twists to the right.

Twisting to the left

If you're working on the knit side and want your make 1 increase to twist to the left, work to the point between 2 stitches where you want to increase, and then follow these steps:

  1. Insert the tip of the LH needle under the running thread from front to back (see Figure 6-10a).
  2. With the RH needle, knit the strand through the back (see Figure 6-10b).

Figure 6-10:

Knitting a m1 increase that twists to the left.

Figure 6-10:

Knitting a m1 increase that twists to the left.

Follow the same steps when you want your make 1 increase to twist to the left from the purl side, except change Step 2 by inserting the RH needle through the back loop from left to right and purling as normal.

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