In today’s demonstrations I would like to share some of my techniques with you on how to create an increase line.
This is the main part of a Simple Triangle Top Down Shawl and a Raglan Sweater to let a piece grow in size by adding more stitches.
The increases can take place all lined up in one line, with short rows all over the place or as a part of a more difficult pattern (often in lace knitting).
When you add more stitches to your project it can be done in various ways and this subject contains many options that can help you to do so.
For a Raglan piece using a multicolored yarn or textured yarn, I prefer a simple and easy to work increase line. A part of it is symmetry.
We shot this video for you which is divided in three parts. Before watching you might want to read the 3 shorts paragraphs below.
Watch the video tutorial with all three parts.
Part 1: SIMPLE INCREASE LINE
The first example shows a very simple increase line, making 2 stitches out of one. Quite often knitters ask me, what it means (K, YO, K). This is my way of knitting 3 stitches out of one. I do not like to knit the stitch from the front, from the back and from the front (which makes as well 2 more stitches) because it wraps the yarn too much around the stitch you are increasing. Try this way and then try it the way that I show it to you in this video. No matter which pattern you are using, the (K, YO, K) in the front row and knitting or purling these 3 stitches in the back row are very usable and NOT interfering with your pattern stitch.
Part 2: INCREASE LINE WITH PATTERN DESIGN
My second video shows a top down Shawl. By using a solid colored yarn there is room for playing with this line and designing some eye catching “Extras”. The increase line is right in the middle of the shawl and can be turned into a “Show Line”. I created 3 center stitches (worked in Stockinette Stitch) and the increase takes place left and right on all front rows by knitting the bar below or you can also make a YO. This will create a lacy line on both sides of the center stitches. To give it some extras, I worked a bubble in the middle and then down the shawl this will be repeated.
You can also cable the center stitches to show your skills.
Part 3: SIMPLE INCREASE LINE USED IN A CHEVRON PATTERN
For this Chevron sample I used the same simple increase line the same as in the first sample. I like the symmetry and easy setup.
Try it, as one of many possibilities.
I hope you enjoyed our new video tutorial. Please feel free to let me know what subjects you would like me to cover in future videos right here in the comments or by email.
…and as always: HAPPY KNITTING !