Back To Basics: Shaping

Ideally I would have more videos showing you how to create shaping in your knitting but I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had a chance to sit down & shoot them.

Instead I have written descriptions that I hope will be enough for the time being until I get round to shooting & loading the videos.

Increasing

When a pattern calls for you to increase the number of stitches there are a few ways to go about it:

 Simple Increase:

Knit into the front of the stitch as normal but before slipping off the old stitch knit into the back as well.

Making A Stitch:

This option is abbreviated as M1 in patterns.
Pick up the horizontal loop between two stitches knit into the back of into create a stitch.

Should the pattern call for M2 knit first into the back & then into the front of the horizontal loop.

Invisible Increase:

This is said to be the best method for increasing in the middle of a row.

Insert your right needle into & knit the stitch below the next stitch to be knitted.

Decreasing

When a pattern calls for you to decrease there are also a few ways to go about it:

 Simple Knit Decrease – Right:

This option is abbreviated as k2tog in patterns.
Knit two stitches together by inserting the right needle into the front of two stitches instead of one (as you would normally) & knitting them both at the same time.

This decrease slopes to the right.

Simple Knit Decrease – Left:

This option is abbreviated as k2tog tbl in patterns.
Knit two stitches together as above except the needle should be inserted into the back of the stitches rather than the front.

This decrease slopes left.

Alternate Knit Decrease – Left:

Slip one stitch onto the right needle by inserting the needle into it as if to knit but without actually knitting it & instead just slipping it onto the right needle.
Knit the next stitch then pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch as you would if you were casting off.

This decrease slopes left.

Simple Purl Decrease – Right:

This option is abbreviated as p2tog in patterns.
This decrease is similar to the Simple Knit Decrease except instead of knitting two stitches together you purl two stitches together.

This decrease slopes right.

 

You should find that most patterns will ask you to increase & decrease with knitted stitches as opposed to purled ones.
Should you need to use purled stitches all the above can be adapted.

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