Increase

A bar increase creates a visible horizontal bar of yarn where the increase is made. Knit 1 or 2 stitches at the beginning of the row before making a bar increase.

1 Insert the right needle into the next stitch and knit it, but do not bring the old stitch up and off the left needle; then insert the right needle into the back of the same stitch, as shown, and knit it again.

2 Bring the stitch that you knit into twice off the left needle.

You should now have 2 new stitches on the right needle: the one that you knit into the front of the stitch and the one that you knit into the back of it.

A yarn-over is an increase that is often used decoratively and for lacy patterns because it makes a hole. Here is how to perform a yarn-over increase on the knit side and on the purl side.
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