Learning how to make 1 knitting increase, abbreviated M1 is very simple and great for beginners to learn. Plus this knitting increase is almost invisible which will come in handy for some of your knitting projects.
It’s also nice to learn how to knit a couple of different types of increases too. And you can use this one instead of the KFB (knit front back) I show you on my increasing stitches page.
The make 1 knitting increase seemed to mystify me for years. It just sounded really difficult to knit. And once again I was wrong. It’s very easy. That seems to be the way with some knitting techniques.
The M1 knitting increase is made by using the running thread that’s in between the stitch you just finished on your right needle and the stitch on your left needle. And it can also lean to the left which is abbreviated M1L or to the right M1R.
The fact that this knitting increase can lean to the left or to the right makes it really nice for shaping a variety of knitting projects.
Note About the Make 1 (M1)
If your knitting pattern doesn’t specify which make one to use, and a lot of times they don’t you can use either one. I tend to use the Make 1 left.
How to Make 1 Left (M1L) Instructions
Spread your knitting apart a bit so that you can see the running thread between your right and left needle. See that little piece of yarn there? OK that’s the one.
With your left needle (left then right photo) push it through that running thread from front to back and bring it up onto your needle.
Now all you do is knit that stitch through the back loop so it doesn’t make a hole. Knit it the same way as when you knit in front so put yarn over right needle.
Then just finish knitting it and you’re done. (Left then right photo)
And that’s how to make one left M1L
How to Make 1 Right (M1R) Instructions
Once again spread your knitting apart a bit and find the running thread between your right and left needle.
(Left to right photo) This time you’re going to push your left needle from the back through to the front and bring it up onto your left needle
Then you just knit it through the front. It will be a little tight and awkward but you can do it.
And finish knitting that increased stitch
Left then right photo
That’s how to make 1 right M1R
Here’s a knitting video showing you how to make 1 left and right.
How to Make 1 Knitting Video M1L, M1R
Pretty easy right? Enjoy!
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