Today we’ll be discussing make one increases!
Make ones are often misunderstood. Many times, designers will use the term “make one” in their pattern and simply mean to “increase” and not any particular technique. OR, they’ll use the term “make one” to mean a completely different increase method. (It helps to look at the abbreviations section of a pattern to be double sure what a designer really means when using a particular abbreviation.)
*Technically*, make one increases use the bar between stitches. This bar can be knitted into in several different ways – therefore there are three different versions of the make one increase: open, left, and right.
These are great increases to use when you want to mirror your increases (like you mirror your decreases.)
Here is a video showing the three methods:
The make one open is great for those times in lace knitting where you forgot to place a yarnover on the previous row!
Make one open: using the LH needle, moving from back to front, lift the bar between the sts and knit into the front. (Or- moving from front to back, lift the bar between the sts and knit into the back.) (Leaves an open hole, no twist.)
Make one left: using the LH needle, moving from front to back, lift the bar between the sts and knit into the back. (Twists and leans left.)
Make one right: using the LH needle, moving from back to front, lift the bar between the sts and knit into the front. (Twists and leans right.)
I hope this was helpful!! I might not have a tutorial for next week – I’m behind on my video schedule since we took two (plus) weeks doing a bathroom remodel diy (I posted on my Instagram if you’d like to see). If I can record and edit some videos this weekend I may be able to get back on track – we’ll see. If you have any particular topics you’d like me to cover, let me know!
In the meantime, until next time, Happy Knitting!!