So far, we’ve seen how to add a stitch that was not there (the yarn-over increase) and how to get an extra stitch by doubling up on an existing one (the “plain increase,” otherwise known as bar and moss increase).
Now let’s look at how to use part of an existing stitch to create a new one.
This method is called the “raised increase” and also the “make-one increase.” It uses the horizontal bit of yarn between two stitches on opposite needles (the “running yarn”). The raised (make-one) increase can be worked so the made stitch leans to the right or to the left.
Raised (make-one) increase, right (M1R):
Transfer raised running yarn to left needle.
Insert right needle into the front of this raised running yarn and knit it or purl it.
The made stitch slants slightly toward the right.
Raised (make-one) increase, left (M1L):
Insert left needle under running yarn from front to back.
Insert right needle into the back of the raised running yarn and knit it or purl it. The made stitch slants slightly toward the left.
Though the visual difference between M1R and M1L is subtle, if you’re making a small, sculptural object such as amigurumi, these subtle differences are noticeable.
Tomorrow, the lifted increase, also called the “lifting up the loop” increase (KRL and KLL).