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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Learn to Knit -- Increase by Knitting in Front and Back of Stitch

Here's another video tutorial for your knitting library, this time showing an increase method where you knit into the front and the back of the stitch. This is a good increase to use when you want a solid fabric without any holes, for instance when knitting a sleeve from the cuff to the shoulder.

You might recognize the yarn I am using in this video and from that clue perhaps you can guess what I am making. If not, I will be sure to show it to you when I am finished with it. In this project, I am using a pattern that I made up myself and at first I was not so sure I would like how it was turning out. But I pressed on, and after finishing a few repetitions of the design, decided that the effect was pretty darn cool looking. Anyway, more about that when it is finished.

Here's the video. I hope you find it helpful.

It occurred to me after watching the video again that I may have given the impression that this is ordinarily an increase that would be done all the way across a row of knitting. In fact, normally this increase would be done once at the beginning and end of a row, or perhaps spaced evenly a number of times across a row. It just so happens, in this particular project I am making right now, that I want to double the number of stitches from one row to the next. You'll see what I mean when it is finished so stay tuned!

And don't forget to enter my fall giveaway by October 14th for a chance to win a very nice pincushion bag and other fall goodies. Good luck!

Happy Stitching!

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