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How to make M1R and M1L increases

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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Last Updated: Saturday, February 2, 2013

Terry from Jimmy Beans Wool explains how to do M1R and M1L increases.

Make One Left (M1L)

  • To do a M1L increase you will need to have at least one stitch on your right hand needle.
  • Look at your knitting between the two needles. See the little bar between the two stitches? With your left needle pick up this bar going from front to back.
  • Now, knit the loop you now have on your left needle through the back loop just as you would a normal knit through the back loop.
  • By knitting through the back loop you are adding a left twist to the increase, making it invisible. Without the twist you will get an eyelet much like a small yarnover instead of an invisible increase.

Make One Right (M1R)

This increase is the same as a M1L except:

  • with your left needle you will pick up the bar between the stitches from back to front
  • knit it through the front loop, adding a right twist.

Perhaps an easy way to remember this is:

  • M1L - pick up front to back, knit in the back - front, back, back
  • M1R - pick up back to front, knit in the front - back, front, front

Have fun!

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