Double Deco KAL Week 3

Hi there! Is your wrap growing? Mine is getting big, and is starting to keep my lap nice and warm (I'm in Chicago where it's raining, so this is quite welcome)! By the end of the week, we should finish sections 1 and 2 of both wings. Don't worry if you're running behind! Just keep on knittin'.

This week, let's talk about increases. 

There are many, many ways to add stitches to your work to expand the shape, and some are more appropriate than others depending on the project. As we showed you a couple weeks ago, casting on additional stitches is one way to increase your stitch count.

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But what if you want to increase gradually, incorporated into the work? (Click on the stitch names below to see videos demonstrating each increase)

yarn over that needle, gurl!

yarn over that needle, gurl!

If you're knitting a lace pattern, a yarn over (yo) will create an additional stitch AND a decorative eyelet. These increases are usually balanced out with a decrease (such as knit two together) to create lovely and often complex textures and patterns.

making stitches left and right

making stitches left and right

If you're knitting a stockinette project (which is smooth on the right side, bumpy on the wrong side) you may want to use make one left (m1L) and make one right (m1r) which are symmetrical increases worked into the strand or "bar" between stitches. These methods leave no holes when done correctly, and blend in fairly well. 

do the bumpty-bump (kfb)

do the bumpty-bump (kfb)

For this project, Double Deco, we're working in garter stitch which is bumpy on both sides. Because of this, we will use an increase that blends in to this type of fabric- the kfb or "knit into the front and back loops of the stitch." This method leaves a small bump that looks right at home in a garter stitch project. 

Thanks to knittinghelp.com whose excellent videos I'm linking to in this post.

How's it coming? Don't forget to share your progress in our Ravelry thread, or on social media using #DoubleDecoKAL ... and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!