Increasing
Increasing in Ribbing
Decreasing
Decreasing in Ribbing
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The Basics

Unless you only want to knit blankets or scarves, increasing and decreasing is top on your list of skills to master.
This tutorial covers the basics plus variations on increasing and decreasing on the machine.

Practice these these techniques to improve your knitting and gain valuable skills in using the tools for other hand manipulated techniques like lace and cables.

Don't miss these

If you aren't familiar with Short Rows (partial knitting), please visit the Classroom: All about Short Rows

Shown the video "Double Increases on the Machine" is a beautiful shoulder warmer, "Asymmetric Shawlette/Scarf". Here's the link

KISS Increases (automatic)

Short Row Increases and Decreases

Double Increases on the Machine

Practical Uses

You will use increases EVERYWHERE! Here are a few examples

Vertical Darts

Knitting Curved Hems

Asymmetric Swirl Shawlette/Scarf

Increase in 1x1 Ribbing

Shaping in ribbing isn't hard. Just keep your wits about you.

1x1 Ribbing Increase Techniques

Short Row Increasing in 1x1 ribbing

Increase in 2x2 Ribbing

2x2 Full Fashion Ribber Increase

2x2 Ribbing Simple Increase

Increase in Full Needle Rib

Knitting Full Needle Rib (FNR) produces fabulous, reversible fabric with lots of body. Shaping can be done just like single bed knitting with beautiful results.
You CAN do this!

The Basics

Practice these these techniques to improve your knitting and gain valuable skills in using the tools for other hand manipulated techniques like lace and cables.

Don't miss these

If you aren't familiar with Short Rows (partial knitting), please visit the Classroom: All about Short Rows

Full Fashioned Decreases

Short Row Increases and Decreases

Get Fancy

Add a designer touch to decreased shapes

Raglan Seam Options

Double Decreases

PSSO Decorative Center Double Decrease

Good Practice Project

Here's a quick, practical project that will put your decreasing skills to use.
The top of this cap is shaped for great fit. If you aren't ready to knit ribbing, just cast on and let the hem roll.

Working the shaping in each of the 4 gores is a great way to experiment with decrease methods
  • 1 stitch from the edge
  • 2 stitches from the edge
  • full fashioned decreases
  • Try knitting the entire hat in ribbing or full needle rib and practice double bed decreases
Once you finish a couple hats, you'll be a decreasing expert!

Decrease in 1x1 Ribbing

1x1 Ribbing Decrease Techniques

Short Row Decreasing in 1x1 Ribbing

Decrease in 2x2 Ribbing

2x2 Ribbing Simple Decrease

2x2 Full Fashion Ribber Decrease

Decrease in Full Needle Rib

Knitting Full Needle Rib (FNR) produces fabulous, reversible fabric with lots of body. Shaping can be done just like single bed knitting with beautiful results.
You CAN do this!

Calculate the shaping

Learning about shaping your knitting is essential for all knitters. Diagonal shaping is the basis for most knitting patterns.

Explore tips for making it easy to calculate and knit angles.

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