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11: Shaping (cont.)


To work an increase, the usual method is to knit twice into the same stitch. Knit into the front of the stitch and then, before slipping the knitted stitch off the left needle, twist the right needle point to the back, knit again into the back of the same stitch and then slip both stitches off the left needle to the right needle [pic 8].

8: An increase made by knitting twice into one stitch.

The base of the added stitch shows as a horizontal bar on the left side of the original stitch, now on the right needle. The bar is always on the left side. That’s just the way stitches fall [pic 9].

9: The increase shows as a horizontal bar on the left of the stitch worked as an increase.

The position of the bar becomes important when working shapings at both ends of a row. So that the shaping will match on either side of a seam, the bar must be placed the same number of stitches from each edge. At the beginning of a row, if you knit one stitch and then increase into the second stitch, you will have two stitches, and then the bar. At the end of the row, if you increase into the second last stitch, the bar will occur only one stitch from the edge. To make the bar fall in the matching position at each end of a row, increase into the second stitch from the beginning and the third last stitch from the end of a row [pic 10].

10: Top: Increases worked two stitches in from each edge do not balance properly. The end of the row has only one stitch after the bar.
Bottom: Work the increase on the third last stitch of any row so that the bars fall in a matching position.
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