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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Tutorial: Increasing, M1L and M1R


This is the shoulder section of the cabled capelet.  You can see the triangle shape growing wider as it progresses from the collar.  The way this is achieved is by working increases on either side of the stockinette V, or triangle.  Really, you could use any type of increase and still end up with an ever-widening triangle, but the one the pattern calls for, and my go-to increase for triangular shaping, is the M1L and M1R.  I like these for triangular shaping because they lean ever so slightly in the direction indicated by the letter:  M1L leans to the left, M1R to the right, and so M1R is used on the right side of the triangle, while M1L is used on the left.  They make a very neat and attractive looking gusset on mittens and gloves, as well as on raglan shoulders.

Note:  it's the same WIP, the cabled capelet, used in all these photos.  The color variation is due to the fact that the whole garment shots are done with the flash turned on, and the detail shots are done with the flash turned off.  The detail shots are the more accurate representation of what the color really looks like.

Here's how to work the increases:

M1L:


Find the bar between the last stitch on the right hand needle and the first stitch on the left hand needle.


Insert the left hand needle under the bar from back to front, making a new stitch on the left hand needle:



Knit the stitch through the front (it may take a little finagling to get the needle through):


One new stitch has been made:




M1R:


Again, find the bar between the last stitch on the right hand needle and the first stitch on the left hand needle:


Insert the left hand needle under the bar, but this time from front to back:


And knit the stitch, but this time, knit it through the back loop (which also may take some finagling):


Increase completed, one new stitch made:


Remember:  M1L --  in through the back, knit into the front;  M1R -- in through the front, knit into the back.

Now you're ready to go knit yourself a capelet :-).

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