Always balance the increases, even if the shaping is only at one
end of a row. When the garment is joined, the shapings will always
match in pairs. Whether the bar is balanced wonít matter as far as
the shape is concerned, but it is important for the visual effect
when the seams are joined [pic 11,12].
11: (left) The increases are
not matching in position in relation to the seam.
12: (right) The increases have been balanced so the
seam is perfectly matched.
If you have decided to increase one stitch
in from each edge, increase into the first stitch at the start of
the row, balancing that increase by working into the second last
stitch at the end of the row.
The position of the bar is the same whether an increase has been
worked knitwise or purlwise.
Another way to increase is often used in
pattern stitches. Place the point of the needle under the thread
connecting the stitch on the right needle to the stitch on the left
needle, and then knit a stitch using this thread as the base [pic
13: An increase worked using the connecting thread between
two stitches as a base forms a large hole.
Increasing in this way will make a hole, which can be very
decorative [pic 14].
14: The effect of an increase made
with decorative holes.
You still need to balance or match the
position of the hole, but you donít need to allow for an extra
stitch at the end of the row, because no bars are formed by the
Some knitters increase by knitting into the
stitch below the row being knitted and then into the next stitch on
the row being knitted. That makes a tight stitch and also forms a
small hole, which can be treated as a decorative feature. This kind
of increase doesnít work easily for balancing or pairing increase
stitches, as the sloped stitch is always on the right hand side.
Only use this increase if a pattern specifically suggests that this
is the way to increase [pic 15].
15: An increase adding a stitch by knitting into the
row below, then knitting the next stitch in the row.
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