Knitting is a wonderful way to make practical and beautiful things with your own hands. Often knitting is done according to the pattern or scheme, and needlewomen come across the need to increase or decrease the width of the row. To increase the width of the row, a certain number of stitches must be added. To decrease the width of the row, a certain quantity of stitches must be decreased. We are going to study in more detail the methods of increasing and decreasing stitches when knitting with needles.
Knitting and increasing stitches
It’s possible to increase stitches both at the row edges and in the middle of the row. If you increase too many stitches at the edges of the row, the knitted cloth may result in a distorted shape. To increase the width of the row evenly with a certain number of stitches, you will need to add 1 stitch each time over equal intervals along the row. For example, if you have a row of 20 stitches and you need to increase it by 4 stitches, you will add a stitch after every 5th stitch 4 times.
Increasing stitches by strand increase
To increase a stitch using this method, you will need to hook up the left needle with the strand between the stitches of the previous row. Knit through back loop as a knit. It will allow you to conceal the hole in the row where the strand was. If you want to make a hole, you will need to knit the strand between the stitches of the previous row without placing it on the left needle.
Increasing stitches from yarn over
To increase a stitch from a yarn over, make a direct yarn over from the face side of the work. Then, in the next row from the back side of the work, make a knit, knitting the yarn over through back loop on the left needle.
Increasing stitches from the stitches of the previous row
Pull the working thread into the stitch of the previous row, and pull the stitch out to the face side of the work. Place the pulled loop on the left needle and knit according to the pattern.
Increasing odd number of stitches out of 1 stitch
Knit a stitch of the previous row as a knit through the front loop. Make a yarn over, again placing the knitted stitch of the previous row to the left needle, and knit once again as a knit. This way you can increase any odd number of stitches. For this purpose, we alternate the yarn over and a knit, always increasing the number of stitches by a stitch.
Increasing even number of stitches out of 1 stitch
Knit a stitch of the previous row as a knit through the front loop. Place the knitted stitch of the previous row back on the left needle and make a purl. This way you can alternate knits and purls until you get the required even number of stitches. Remember that this increase always ends with a purl.
Knitting and Decrease Stitches
If you need to decrease stitches, you should get acquainted with the following methods of decreasing stitches. You can decrease stitches both in knit and purl rows of your work.
Decrease Stitches by knitting 2 stitches from the top
Hook up 2 stitches, lying on the left needle with the right needle. Knit these stitches from left to right in front of the work. The knitted stitch will be inclined to the right.
Decrease Stitches by knitting 2 stitches from the bottom
Hook up 2 stitches, lying on the left needle from the back side of the work through back loops. Knit these stitches from right to left together. The knitted stitch will be inclined to the left.
Decrease Stitches by knitting 3 stitches together
As in the previous method of decrease, 3 stitches together may be knitted both through the front loops in front of work, and the back loops from the back side of the work.
Decrease Stitches by knitting 2 stitches with a purl
This method of decrease is done the same way as the decrease of stitches, and knitted as a knit. The stitches can be knitted from the face side or back side.
We hope that these methods of stitch increase and decrease will help you to knit well with needles.