Quick Clips: Increases & Decreases

Increases & Decreases

Techniques on this page:

Increases:

Yarn-over

Twisted yarn-over

Lifted

Knit front and back (kfb)

Make one (M1)

Decreases:

Knit two together (k2tog)

Purl two together (p2tog)

Slip, slip, knit (ssk)

Slip, slip, purl (ssp)

Slip 1, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over (skp or sl 1, k1, psso)

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Increases

Yarnover Increase

If you know how to yarn over (YO), you know how to increase! Watch and see:

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Twisted Yarn-Over Increase –

We put a twist on the yarn-over increase. This increase can be made to lean in either direction, and it takes advantage of the simplicity of the yarn-over without making a large hole in the knitting.

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Lifted Increase –

Learn how to lift up the stitch below the one you’re working in order to create an increase in your work. We’ll show you how to do this increase to make it lean left OR right:

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Knit front and back –

Knit two stitches in one with this simple increase that has you working both sides of one stitch.

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Make One –

The Make One (M1) increase can be worked right or left, and it involves lifting the bar between two stitches to create an increase. We’ll show you how to do it both ways.

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Decreases

Knit 2 together –

If you want to go from two stitches down to one, one of the easiest things to do is to knit two together as one! We’ll show you how to create this basic, right-leaning decrease.

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Purl 2 together –

If you want to go from two stitches down to one on the PURL side, one of the easiest things to do is to purl two together as one! We’ll show you how to create this basic, right-leaning decrease using purl stitches.

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Slip slip knit –

Slip slip knit, or ssk, is a left-leaning decrease that should be in every knitter’s toolkit. We’ll show you how to make it in this video.

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Slip slip purl –

Slip slip purl, or ssp, is a left-leaning decrease for the purl stitch that should be in every knitter’s toolkit. We’ll show you how to make it in this video.

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Slip 1, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over –

This decrease has mostly gone out of favor in the knitting community, but you may find it in a pattern somewhere so it can be good to learn how to do it! The name suggests the steps for this one – slip one, knit one, pass the slipped stitch over. It creates a left-leaning decrease much like SSK.

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