Knitting Increases and Decreases: FREE Guide on Making Your Shaping More Successful

Learn everything you need to know about knitting increases and knitting decreases to more successfully shape your knits in this FREE guide from Interweave!One of the best ways to shape knitwear is by increasing and decreasing. Shaping is what makes knits curve around our unique curves, clinging to our bodies when we want them too, and adding ease when we’d like a little more room. In our new free eBook, Knitting Increases and Decreases: How to Increase and Decrease Stitches in Knitting, we explore how to increase stitches in knitting and how to decrease knitting, too.

There are many types of increases and decreases, and they all look different and serve a slightly different purpose. With this guide you’ll learn which one to use, and be able to follow along step by step to see how to knit each one. Plus, with this guide you won’t have to worry any longer about whether you understand knitting ssk or what a bar increase should like!

You’ll start with a look at the yarn over knitting increase, the simplest increase method which is often reserved for openwork patterns. Next, we’ll check out the bar increase, which unlike the knitting yarn over method, does not produce a hole. Move on to the raised increase, also known as make one increase, which creates an invisible increase because it’s worked into the horizontal strand between stitches. Finally, we’ll check out the lifted increase, which is yet another handy invisible increase technique.

For decreases we begin with the k2tog and ssk knitting decreases which are mirror images of each other (which is why they are commonly used in tandem). P2tog and ssp knitting decreases and essentially the same as the first two, just done the purl side instead of the knit side. Next, see how knitting skp decreases will create a fairly pronounced left-slanting decrease, great for using in lace patterns, before finishing it all up with the spp decrease (slip purl pass). With so many options to choose from, you are sure to find the right increase or decrease to fit your needs. Get them all today with this free eBook download.


How-to Knitting Increases in Stitches

In this section we’ve got some of the most utilized increasing techniques for you to explore, with several variations so you can make them all work for you. Download this free eBook to get all of these methods for increasing knitting:
Learn how to increase stitches in knitting, such as this yarnover method, in this FREE eBook on knitting increases and decreases.

  • Yarn Over Knitting Increase
  • Bar Increase (also known as the make one increase)
  • Raised Increase
  • Right Lifted Increase
  • Left Lifted Increase

How to Decrease in Knitting

With six different decreases explained, you’ll be armed for anything you want to knit. Knit 2 together? Skp knitting? Check and double check! If you’re wondering how to decrease in knitting, we’ve got you covered. Grab your copy of this guide to get them all:

Learn about knitting increases and decreases, such as this Knit Two Together decrease, in our ultimate eBook from Interweave.

Knit Two Together (k2tog) knitting decrease.

  • Knit Two Together (k2tog)
  • Slip Slip Knit (ssk)
  • Slip Knit Pass (skp)
  • Purl Two Together (p2tog)
  • Slip Slip Purl (ssp)
  • Slip Purl Pass (spp)

This free eBook is all about the knitting increase and decrease. With knitting increases, you’ll be adding stitches at some point in the pattern to add width to the piece and/or give an angled shape to an edge. But there’s more than one way to increase, and we’ll show you five you can use. The fun continues as we venture into the world of knitting decreases which by subtracting stitches, usually one or two at a time, allows the knitted piece to become narrower. We’ll cover six how to decrease in knitting techniques in the second part of this eBook. Download this free eBook, Knitting Increases and Decreases: How to Increase and Decrease Stitches in Knitting, to get started or keep reading to learn more about what’s included.

I hope you find Knitting Increases and Decreases useful!


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