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Old 09-21-2006, 01:53 PM   #1
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Help with increase
When I finished my SnB "Newsboy Cap", I realized that I did the increases for the visor wrong and I wound up with eyelet-like holes where the increases are. Now according to Sally Melville, as long as the design is done in three places (because once is a mistake, twice is a problem, and three times or more is a design), so maybe I'm okay! Seriously, it doesn't look too terrible because first of all, it was a "practice" hat to see if I could do the pattern, and secondly, the eyelets are symmetrical to each other and looks kind of deliberate; thirdly, the yarn I used is kind of "busy" and I think detracts a bit from the holes, but I know it's not right.

The increase that I used was a bar increase--you know, where you take the yarn between the two stitches and knit it? Well, not realizing until after visiting Amy's pages on increases and decreases that this will cause a small decorative hole like a yarn-over increase does , so my question is, what kind of increase is practically invisible? When patterns tell you to "make an increase", what kind of increase do you usually make?
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Old 09-21-2006, 02:06 PM   #2
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I'm sure you will get some more knowledgeable replies... but one increase I use when I don't want a hole is backward loop. Amy has a video of it.

I thought that when you lifted the bar between the two stitches and knitted into the back of it, it was pretty much invisible - shows what I know!
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Originally Posted by KristiMetz
I thought that when you lifted the bar between the two stitches and knitted into the back of it, it was pretty much invisible - shows what I know!
I thought so too, so imagine my surprise to see that it wasn't! I think I must've tried this increase on something that used pretty bulky yarn, because I don't remember seeing holes. But I know now for next time. I'll check out Amy's video you recommended, too--thanks!
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Old 09-21-2006, 02:11 PM   #4
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I think it is pretty invisible if you knit into the back but I am a backwards loop kinda girl too... I also like kfb but i am not sure i would say it is invisible really.
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You know what? I was naming the increase that I did incorrectly. According to Amy's increase page, she calls what I did a "decorative increase". But now I have some great new techniques to try--thanks everybody!
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If you knit into the front part of the lifted bar, you get a hole. If you knit into the small back loop, you shouldn't see anything. That is, if you put your left point under the bar from front to back.
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Old 09-21-2006, 09:43 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by KristiMetz
I'm sure you will get some more knowledgeable replies... but one increase I use when I don't want a hole is backward loop. Amy has a video of it.

I thought that when you lifted the bar between the two stitches and knitted into the back of it, it was pretty much invisible - shows what I know!
It can be, but only if you put a twist in the stitch. If you just lift and knit, it makes a hole.

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