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How to Increase on Circular Needles

Learn how to increase on circular needles from circular knitting expert Jessica Kaufman in this Howcast video.


So now I'm going to show you how to increase when you're knitting in the round.

There's really nothing different about increasing in the round as opposed to when you're increasing flat. You just have to figure out what kind of increases you want and where you want to put them.

So if this little sample that I'm making here, if I want it to increase evenly all over and just gradually increase its diameter, I would space my increases out evenly depending on how many stitches I wanted to increase each round.

I'm going to show you a couple of my favorite kinds of increases. But the other way of doing increases instead of spaced evenly is to stack them and every round or every other round put an increase in the same place.

So one type of increase is the make one increase.

Here's my last stitch that I worked and here's my next stitch. If you pull them apart, you can see that there's a little bar here. I'm going to lift the bar and put it on my left hand needle, and then I'm going to knit it through the back loop, and that makes an M1 increase.

There are videos that go more in depth of every increase I'm going to show you here. You can just look them up on our series and get more of a do-over on the M1 increase.

So now I'm going to show you my favorite increase which is a knit one front and back.

So I'm going to go into the front of the stitch. I'm going to pull up a new loop but I'm not going to drop the old stitch off. What I'm going to do is instead I'm going to wheel around here and stick the right hand needle back into the back of the stitch and pull another loop. Therefore I've pulled two loops out of one, and that is a knit one front and back.

You can see the characteristic of this is that it makes what looks like a knit "v" and then a pearl bump.

So I'll show you that once more. Knit into the front, wheel around, knit into the back, then pop the old one off. I'll move one over.

And the last type of increase I'm going to show you is the yarn over increase where you bring the yarn to the front and then back over the needle and then knit the next stitch.

So again, all three of those types of increases have their own videos that you can watch me explain it to you more in depth.

And I'm just going to show you what they look like in a few things here.

If you look at the thumb gusset on this mitten, this is my Arrowmont mitten, the pattern's for sale on my website, I use knit one front and back to increase here on the thumb gusset. So you can see knit one front and back creates that little pearl bump every time. So there's the bump, there's the bump, there's the bump, there's the bump, moving up every other round.

Then the M1 increase, which doesn't make a bump. Let's look at this thumb gusset. I've got just a row of knits that increase, that sort of grow out of here but without any of the bumps, they're all M1 increases.

And then for a great example of yarn over increases in the feather and fan portion of my Katrina sock, which is a really easy toe up sock pattern available on my website, you can see all those beautiful little lacey holes, those are all yarn over increases. Because a yarn over, makes a hole which looks great when they're on purpose, and not so great when you do them by accident.

So those are three different ways of increasing...(tape ends)

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