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Silver
Warming Up

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Posted - 03/09/2005 :  6:46:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit Silver's Homepage Send Silver a Private Message
I'm knitting a top down raglan and have always knit into the front and back for my increases. I'd like to try something new. What Is your favorite paired increase method? Why do you like it?
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of troy
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Posted - 03/09/2005 :  8:42:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit of troy's Homepage Send of troy a Private Message
a raised increase

you need 2 or 3 'center stitches.

mark the center 'seam' stitches
knit to marker.
then, knit into stitch below next stitch -then knit into next stitch.. (this is the easy half..)

knit the center stitches. Now to doing matching increase, it must be done not in the stitch you just knit (last 'stitch' of center group) NOR in the stitch below it--but in the stitch below that!
(at first, you might want to mark the stitch below before you knit the last stitch of center group)
twist the point of the right needle, and pick up a stitch from 2 below (its neater and easier than it sounds.

its called a 'raised center increase' because the stitch in the center look 'raised' (phyically higher)

and it looks special too, because if you have 3 stitches in the center group, it looks like 2-your increases hid on half of each edge stitch, so 3 stitches in center group look like 2.. (and 2 stitches looks like 1 --1 stitch in center group can be done, but it tends to stretch out to much for my taste!

(i also like the matching center raised decrease, too)



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Silver
Warming Up

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Posted - 03/09/2005 :  9:23:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit Silver's Homepage Send Silver a Private Message
Thank you for the suggestion, but I got anxious and started my sweater already... with the k1b&f increase. LOL New yarn... just arrived today. Doesn't matter anyway, I'm finding that the yarn kinda disguises the increase pattern.

But, I'll try that for the next one. I have another on my to-do list. Question though, do you find that the raised increases causes a pucker in the fabric? Since you're pulling up stitches from the rows below.. it just crossed my mind that it might happen. Or does blocking take care of it?
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Kelly B
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Posted - 03/10/2005 :  06:52:02 AM  Show Profile Send Kelly B a Private Message
Oftroy's favorite is my favorite too, but I only use one center stitch and it ends up looking like a knit stitch that's going from cuff to neckline even though it's knitted the other way. Magic! Doing paired make one increases (one that twists the stitch to the left, the other twists right) on either side of center stitch(es) also looks nice.
Barbara Walker's Knitting from the Top has a picture and instructions for about 10 different raglan increases -- take a look and choose your favorite.
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cats
Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 03/10/2005 :  09:36:00 AM  Show Profile Send cats a Private Message
The top down raglan sweater that I did used yarn overs for the increases. The pattern was written so that the biggest size is for a 2 year old.

There are two stitches with a yarn over on both sides. It looked really cute I thought.
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