Knitting Lessons: Increasing and Decreasing Stitches

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If you want to change the width of your knitting you will need to learn how to increase and decrease stitches. This will allow you to make more interesting knitted shapes.

When you increase stitches you are adding an extra stitch (or loop) to your needle. This will increase the length of your row by 1 stitch, thus increasing the width.

When you decrease stitches you are removing a stitch (or loop) from your needle. This will shrink the length of your row by 1 stitch, thus decreasing the width.

I suggest using wooden needles when learning how to knit.

For more knitting lessons check out this guide.

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Step 1: Increase Stitches

Increase Stitch: Basically, you are knitting two stitches like normal, but the first time you knit a stitch you do not slip the stitch off the left needle.
  1. Knit a stitch, but don't slip the stitch off your left needle
  2. Instead, bring your right needle through the top stitch on your left needle, and knit another stitch.
  3. Now remove the stitch from the left needle

Step 4: Decrease: KRPR

KRPR = Knit, Return Pass, Return
  1. Knit one stitch
  2. Return stitch you just knitted back on to the left needle
  3. Take the second stitch on left needle using your right needle and pass it over the top stitch on the left needle and off the needle.
  4. Return top stitch on left needle back to right needle.
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