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How To Add A Stitch

How To Add A Stitch

Expert knitter Rachel Ong shows you how to add a stitch when knitting, which is also known as 'increasing'. Watch this knitting video so you adding your stitch becomes second nature.

Step 1: You will need

  • Medium size knitting needles
  • Medium sized yarn.

Step 2: On a knit row

To create an increase on both edges of your fabric, knit one stitch, then pick up the yarn that lies between the two stitches with your right needle from front to back.

Slip it onto your left needle, front to back.

Knit this stitch through the back loop.

Then continue to knit as usual until the last two stitches.

Knit one stitch, pick up the yarn that lies between the two stitches with your right needle from front to back.

Slip it onto your left hand needle, front to back.

Knit this stitch through the back loop.

Then, knit the last stitch.

On the second row, purl from start to finish.

For the third row repeat directions for the first row.

On the fourth row, purl again as usual.

Repeat until you have the required increase.

Step 3: On a purl row

To create an increase on both edges of your fabric, purl the first stitch then purl the next stitch but don't take the loop of the left needle,

Insert the right hand needle with the already worked purl stitch through the front of the stitch of the left hand needle.

Make a purl stitch, draw out the loop then drop the stitch of the left hand needle.

You now have two stitches made out of one stitch.

Continue your row as usual until you get to the last two stitches.

Insert your needle into the second last stitch to purl, draw a loop and pull it through the stitch but do not drop the stitch off the left hand needle.

Reinsert the right hand needle into the front of the stitch on the left hand needle, draw a loop, pull it through.

You now have two stitches, made out of one.

Drop the stitch of the needle then purl the last stitch.

On the second row, knit from start to finish.

On the third row, repeat directions for the first row.

On the fourth row, knit the entire row as usual

Continue until you have decreased as much as is required.