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June 27, 2006

Increasing: Knit into the front and back of a stitch

Since posting the felted bracelet bag pattern, I've gotten a few questions about increasing stitches. (Decreasing is pretty easy ... in that pattern, you simply knit two stitches together as one each time there is a decrease.)

Obviously, learning to increase and decrease the amount of stitches on your needles is an excellent skill to have in your knitting bag o' tricks. The ability to increase (or decrease) stitches gets you out of the square/rectangle world and into the... sloping square/rectangle world. Also known as "the triangle."

Increasing is just what it sounds like -- making more stitches on the needle. Let's say you have four stitches and you want to eventually have eight. You'll need to "increase" your knitting by adding four new stitches.

There are lots of ways to increase. To make new stitches on the felted bracelet bag, I used the technique of knitting into the front and back of a stitch to increase.

It is exactly what it sounds like... you knit into the front leg of a stitch just like normal, except you don't drop the stitch off the left needle when you're done. Nope. You work the stitch again, this time knitting into the back leg of the stitch, then finally drop it off the left needle. Voila! You have two stitches where before ... there was only one. If only making a boyfriend were this easy. Love by osmosis.

I tried to take pictures of this increasing business. But do ya'll have any idea how hard it is to use both hands while knitting and simultaneously taking pictures of yourself? It is hard. It is, in fact, impossible.

So I coerced Faith into letting me film her... except we maybe kept giggling and messing up.

This first clip is the one that was easiest to follow:

Then, of course, there is the outtake:

Posted by laurie at June 27, 2006 9:45 AM