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M1 in ribbing?


Need your knitting help.
I’m increasing the amount of stitches I have on the needles on the last rib row for the anna socks using M1. Do you always knit into the back of the horizontal loop when it is in ribbing? For example, if I M1 between two purls or M1 between a knit and a purl-do I do anything different? Is there more than one way to make one?

5 thoughts on “M1 in ribbing?

  1. I don’t think you need to do anything differently – just find the increase you like best. I tend to knit into the front and back loop of a stitch for general M1 increases because I think it blends in pretty well. There’s a great sampler here:

  2. Kellie’s right: there’s so many ways to work increases! The link above shows quite a few… My personal preference is to pick up the horizontal bar between 2 st, with the needle moving from front to back, then knitting it in the back loop (m1 left). I don’t like to knit front & back because it creates a knit and a purl st, but if it’s hidden in the middle of ribbing, it will be invisible!
    Good luck!

  3. There are at least four ways to make one, which all involve picking up the strand between sts. Two of the methods leave a hole (one leans right, the other left) and two close up the hole (one leans right, the other left). The differences lie in whether you pick up the strand from the front or the back and whether you knit the strand normally or through the back loop. I think for what you’re doing, you’ll want to use the M1’s that close the gap, but you should experiment. If there are two or more M1’s in a row, you’ll want to pair them – one left-leaning, one right-leaning, along the center line. I’m sure if you google
    *”make one” knit* you’ll find an explanation with illustrations. Good luck!

  4. When it is ribbing, I still knit/purl through back loops so that there’ll be no holes. Either between two purls or between and a purl and knit, I’ll M1 purl because a purl is less conspicuous in ribbing. To pair the M1s or not will depend on the next pattern row. I don’t usually have a hard and fast rule, just look at the stitch pattern on hand to see which is the best way.

  5. Instead of making one, I usually increase by picking up the stitch from the row below with my left needle, then knit into that picked up stitch. You can see it here – the stitch that looks like a branch – stitch 5 and 6 from the top

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