Leftslanting Make

1 Before the next stitch, use the left needle to pick up the horizontal strand from front to back between the last stitch worked on the right needle and the next stitch to be worked on the left needle.

2 Insert the right needle into the back of the loop as shown, and knit it.

Note: The photo shows a left-slanting make 1 on the knit side. Working it on the purl side is technically the same: The horizontal strand is lifted onto the left needle from front to back and is purled in the back of the loop.

Positioning Increases Neatly

When instructions say, "Increase 1 stitch at the beginning of the row," you can do just that; however, it is neater to position increases (and decreases for that matter) 2 or 3 stitches in from the edges. For example, if your instructions say to increase 1 stitch at each end of a row, you can work the first 2 stitches, perform the increase, work until 2 stitches remain on the right needle, perform the increase, and work the last 2 stitches. Your edges will be tidy this way.

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