Possibly dumb question...

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Possibly dumb question...

When a knitting pattern says...
Knit 1, Make 1, Knit 14, Make 1

What does "Make 1" mean???

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I had no idea... so I googled it. Lol

Make 1. This means to increase a stitch. If the method isn't specified, use whichever increase you like.

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Yep, it means increase. You can increase with the backwards loop cast on, knitting in the front and back of the next stitch, or picking up the "bar" between stitches and knitting into that. Check the back of one of your better knitting pattern books and there will be directions for how to do increases.

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I know of 2 ways to M1.... the first is the one I always use cause it's neater and has fewer holes in it.... It's to knit into the front and the back of the next stitch (ex, k1, m1, k14, m1 --- knit 1 stitch, kfb [knit into front and back of next stitch], knit next 13, kfb in next stitch. In the event you are working in the round and it says m1 at the end of the row, you would kfb on the last stitch of that round not the first ofthe next.

The other way is to pick up the stitch by working to the place where the increase is to be made. Insert the left needle from front to back into the horizontal strand between the two stitches, knit the stitch through the back loop. On the purl side, insert the needle from front to back and then purl the stitch through the back loop.

Since I don't use this method, here is a link to some pics incase ya need them.
Make 1 by picking up sts

HTH Ash

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WOW. I'm so confused. Lol Guess I'll just have to play around and learn how to knit in the front/back of a stitch and see what happens!!

Thanks girls!

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For kfb, there's a video on knittinghelp. It's on the right side under the section titled "Bar Increase":

http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/increases