September 7, 2023

How to Increase Stitches:

Increasing stitches is an important skill to have when working on larger knitting projects such as a pullover, vest, or sweater. There are two techniques you can use to increase stitches: the first is by gaining stitches at the edge, and the second is by knitting two stitches into the same stitch.

To increase stitches at the edge, follow these steps:

1. Knit the first stitch in the stockinette stitch pattern.

2. Before knitting the second stitch, insert the left needle into the space between the stitches in the bottom stitch from behind.

3. There should be a cross thread there, and you need to take this over the left stitch.

4. Widen the resulting new stitch on the needle with your right needle and knit the new stitch twisted. To do this, pierce the stitch from the front and knit it on the right.

5. Make sure to pick up the stitch on the left from the back and then work it on the right from the front.

6. Continue knitting the next stitch as usual and work your way to the end of the row.

7. For the second-to-last stitch, knit it in the normal way before pulling up a stitch again over the gap between the stitches. Repeat the steps above.

Alternatively, you can increase stitches by knitting two stitches into the same stitch:

1. Knit the first stitch normally, but without lifting the stitch from the left needle.

2. Stitch the same stitch again from above and behind and knit another stitch on the right.

3. Make sure to work the second stitch from the back and top to avoid creating a hole in your knitting project.

4. You can also use this type of stitch increase at the beginning and end of the row.

5. In the back row, simply knit the stitches without any further increase, and repeat the stitch increase in every second row.

By using these techniques, you can easily increase stitches in your knitting project and gradually approach larger projects like a cardigan.

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