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New Pal

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Posted - 01/13/2009 :  7:22:13 PM  Show Profile Send spicername a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've found a pattern I really want to try but am having difficulty understanding some of the stitches called for and cannot figure out what the explanation means. (I'll admit I'm what you would call an "intermediate knitter." While I've been knitting for a few years I've always tried easy patterns due to being intimidated by what I considered hard.) that I'm branching out and have learned new stitches I cannot understand the following stitches and explanations. They are listed as follows:

M1a: Make/increase 1 st by knitting into the back of the strand after the current st.
M1b: Make/increase 1 st by knitting into the back of the strand before the current st
M2: Make/increase 2 stitches, 1 on each side of the stitch

Okay, so I thought M1a would be a M1 but then was totally thrown off by M1b instructions and M2 totally wiped me out. I've just finished reading two knitting books, (Knitting for Dummies and The Reader's Digest Complete Book of Knitting and Crochet) and still can't comprehend. I'm about to give up and am thinking I'm one of those people if I can't visualize it or be told in a way I understand I'll never get it. I really enjoy knitting and just want to get better. Can someone help me or point me in the right direction?

Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 01/14/2009 :  06:57:04 AM  Show Profile Send CraftyGrammy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Keep this website in your favorites. It is wonderful and has many knitting terms in video. Sometimes seeing makes a world of difference.

When they say M2 they are refering to making an increase on each side of a knit stitch. Such as, making your M1 increase (this would be your M1b,before), knit your next stitch, M1 increase again (this is your M1a,after). This gives you 2 increases, one on each side of your knit stitch.

Sometimes the instructions will only say M2 to refer to the above.

I hope I explained this well.

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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 01/14/2009 :  10:31:09 AM  Show Profile  Send Eleanor a Yahoo! Message Send Eleanor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
To me, these increases are made by picking up the yarn between the sts with your left needle and then knitting it by twisting it by knitting into the back of it. I don't know if I'm saying this right, but you can let me know if I can help explain it better.
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Permanent Resident and Destasher Extraordinnaire

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Posted - 01/14/2009 :  10:42:07 AM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi spicername, welcome to KR!

I agree with all three posts:)
I think the reason they specify whether the increases are before or after the current stitch is to make sure that your increases "line up". M2 could be used for a thumb gusset, with a nice line of increases on either side of a central stitch.
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