Increases Part 1 - Make 1
A friend in my knitting group asked me to write a post about the different increases in knitting. It's going to have to be several posts - why am I still surprised about how long these things take to pull together?
I'm starting with the work-horse of the increases: make 1, abbreviated to 'M1' usually in patterns. It can lean to the left or the right, and it can be made on the knit or the purl side. And if you don't twist the new stitch as you form it you make a hole. Pictures of each of these are shown below.
Patterns often don't specify which increase to use, just saying M1 rather than M1L (for left-leaning) or M1R (for right-leaning). Then you can do whichever you like. I find the left-leaning version easiest to do and I've shown it first.
Finally, if you want to leave a decorative hole, then you can - just don't twist the stitch:
Next post will be all about Yarnsub - wahey!