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DavidSydney63 03-22-2013 02:43 AM

Doing a M1 without a hole in your work
Ok, so this is probably something you all know but I'll share anyways.

When you're knitting (especially sleeves) and there is a gradual increase in width, this is more than likely done using a M1 instruction (make one).

To do this without leaving a hole:

pick up loop which lies before next stitch (from the front) and place on the left-hand needle (make sure you bring the yarn that's on the right side of the needle over the left hand needle.

knit into the BACK of this loop, this will twist the loop and prevent a hole from appearing in your work.

RochesterKnitter 03-22-2013 07:15 AM

This is also called a M1L (make one left).

When paired with matching M1Rs, it can help "shape " your garment more effectively.
ex. When knitting a sleeve in the round, place M1R and M1L on either side of the underarm "seam" to produce a steady/even increase in sleeve width.
ex. When knitting a sleeve flat, place M1R and M1L on either end of the row. They will then be brought together and paired up when you do your seaming.

MoniDew 03-22-2013 03:29 PM

it also works to do a "reverse loop." on a knit row, you would yo from back to front, then purl as usual on the return side. no holes!

AngelaR 03-24-2013 12:48 PM

I knit in the eastern style meaning that I am always working through the back loop. I will knit on the regular way, then make another knit stitch the continental method and voila two stitches from one. I use this a lot when making increases in caps where you don't want a YO making a hole.

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