Sunday, August 31, 2014

Knitting -- jumper/pullover -- increases

So if you're starting a sleeve with a 64 stitch cuff, and you need it to be 100 stitches above the elbow,
you have to add stitches.
There are at least 2 ways to do this, one very easy and one more complicated.
The easy way is to basically cast on a new stitch.
Loop the yarn around your thumb and catch it onto the needle.

The other way, which I usually use, is more complicated but it seems easier to knit on the next round.
Knit the stitch but don't pull it off onto the other needle.
Instead, you knit into the other side of the same stitch.
Let me explain that.
When you normally knit a stitch, you run the needle from front to back into the side of the stitch facing you.
You loop the yarn around and pull it through.
There is another side to that stitch and it's on the inside of the knitwork.
To increase, you now insert the needle from front to back in that side of the stitch.
You loop the yarn around and pull it through.
Now you pull the old stitch off the left-hand needle and you have two stitches on the right-hand needle.

So now knit the row above the cuff.  Increase one stitch at the start end.
Knit 15 stitches.
Increase one.
Repeat this.
Knit to the end and increase one.
You will have +4 of however many stitches you made in the cuff.
You will only increase at the ends of the rows from now on.

You can also increase in purl but I won't make you do that.

With a 64-stitch cuff, and a 68-stitch first row, you have to add 32 more stitches, 2 at a time.
Your elbow will be about row 70 of a 145 row sleeve and you need 100 stitches there.
You have to increase on 16 rows of the 70.
So do increases at the ends of every other KNIT row.
You will purl the row after the one where you added the 4 stitches, and knit the next row.
It is called STOCKINETTE STITCH when you knit one row and purl the next.
You will knit a row, purl a row,
which is row 5.
You will also increase at rows 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, 33, 37, 41, 45,  49, 53, 57, 61, and 67.
Then work without increases until you do row 145.

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