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Bar Increase (Knit into the front and back)

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Posted: Friday, January 23, 2009
Last Updated: Thursday, July 16, 2009

So you're being a dutiful knitter and reading through your pattern before getting started (something I don't and probably should do) and...gasp! What on earth do you mean 'knit into the front and back of stitch'?! Chances are you have or soon will come across a pattern that asks you to make a bar increase, often abbreviated 'K1FB', or 'knit into front and back of stitch'. Besides creating another stitch, the bar increase literally creates a 'bar' in your knitting and is most often seen in socks and sweaters. Read (and watch!) on to learn how to tackle that raglan sweater you've had your eye on!

Note: Patterns may call for you to do this at any point in a row, but it will be worked the same regardless of where in the row you are.
Note #2: Most top-down sweater patterns (Knitting Pure and Simple patterns, for example) call for this sort of increase.

  1. Slide your right needle up through the next stitch as if you were going to knit it as usual. Wrap the yarn as if to knit, and pull the stitch through to the front. STOP!

  2. Normally you would then slide the stitch off the left needle. Instead you will push the needle through the same stitch again, but through the side of the loop farthest from you (i.e., the back of the stitch). This may require a little twisting and will feel pretty darned awkward at first, but you'll get used to it!

  3. Next, wrap the yarn around your right needle as if to knit, and pull the new stitch through to the front.

  4. NOW slide the stitch off of the left needle. Two stitches are now where one was, and you've made a bar increase!

Posted by Laura of Jimmy Beans Wool

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