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Old 08-04-2009, 08:44 AM   #1
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knit in stitch on needle?
I am just starting on a pattern for a sweater that has a herringbone pattern to it. The pattern row reads: K2tog, k2, k1B, knit 1 in stitch on needle, k2... I am guessing that K1B, knit 1 in stitch on needle is supposed to be an increase to go with the k2tog, but it knits like a second decrease (not good). Do you think a k1b, k1f in the same stitch would have the same effect?
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:27 AM   #2
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I think it's the same a KRL on the Increases page. Knit in the back loop of the next stitch on the needle, then knit the stitch on the needle - now you have 2 sts from it. Your pattern notes just above the cast on instructions should explain it.
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K1B could also mean knit one in the stitch below the one on the needle. This makes sense with the way it is written, "K1B, knit 1 in stitch on needle". If you are knitting into the back loop and then the stitch itself, they are both "on the needle".

To K1B (knit one below) do it as a regular knit but insert the needle to begin the stitch by sticking your working needle below the loop on the needle, directly into the center of the vee there. Then stop after you pull up the loop and knit the stitch on the needle in the regular way, slide it off. It is an increase.

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Do you think a k1b, k1f in the same stitch would have the same effect?
It would be a little different. It is not hard to do a K1B, so I'd do it the way it says.
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I thought it was knit 1 below at first too, but the way it's written - k1B, knit 1 in stitch on needle - doesn't really sound like it. If you k1 below, you don't also knit in the st on the needle. So it must be knit one in the back loop of the st below and knit the one on the needle.
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If you k1 below, you don't also knit in the st on the needle.
Maybe you don't usually, but you could. It works and I tried it and it looks pretty good.

cftwo, if the pattern doesn't tell you exactly what to do, you could do little test swatches of the different options and pick the one whose effect you like best. If you have a good closeup picture, compare the results with that too. Good luck.
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I took all this great advice and experimented over my lunch hour - and thanks to you all I've figured it out! Thanks so much!

(It was knit 1 in back of the stitch below.)
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