Learn It: The Lifted Increase
We all have that knitting item we can’t live without. For some it might be a certain pair of needles, for others, a bag they carry all the time. I love needles, notions, and bags, too, but my must-have is a little book that I look to again and again for knitting know-how (especially the steps for Kitchener stitch!). It’s The Knitter’s Companion by Vicki Square.
This book is a necessity for all knitters. I really believe that! It fits in your knitting bag, and it’s a life-saver when you need to know how to do a 3-stitch one-row buttonhole, make a tassel, or use the South American join (great for knitting striped in the round without big color jogs), you’ll find the answers to your questions in this lovely little volume.
Here’s a sample of the handiness of this book: directions for doing the lifted, or raised, increase.
Working the Lifted or Raised Increase
This increase is nearly invisible and works well for all basic body and sleeve shaping. It’s a two-part process involving working the stitch on the needle and the stitch below it; depending which stitch you work first, you can make this increase slant, or tilt, to the right or left. This increase is worked on the knit side.
1. Insert the needle into the back of the loop of the stitch below (to see the back of the loop, tilt the knitting slightly toward you) and knit this stitch.
2. Knit the stitch on the needle.
1. Knit the stitch as usual.
2. Insert left needle from the bottom into the back of the loop of the stitch in the row below the one just worked, and knit this stitch through the back of the loop.
TIP: A common mistake with the lifted or raised increase is to
forget to work the stitch on the needle as part of the increase after
working the stitch below—if you don’t work both, you won’t increase any
—Vicki Square, The Knitter’s Companion
I used this increase recently and it really is nearly invisible—no little hole or stretched out stitch. So if you’re looking for invisible increases in knitting, you’ve found one! If your pattern doesn’t call for a specific type of increase, I would recommend using this one.
If you don’t have The Knitter’s Companion, get it today for 50 percent off! I recommend the deluxe edition, which includes a DVD where author Vicki Square demonstrates every technique in the book. That is invaluable, in my opinion.
We’re having an amazing book sale right now, and almost all books are 50 percent off. So, I asked some of my colleagues at Interweave what they would suggest for you to pick up in this fab sale. Here we go!
Book Acquisitions Editor Kerry Bogert sees all of the knitting books for Interweave, and knows them inside and out. An acquisitions editor’s job is to search out authors and think of book ideas that the market wants, or fill a hole in the market that no one has covered yet. Kerry then works closely with authors to develop their ideas into book manuscripts. Pretty fun job, right? Here’s what’s on Kerry’s fall knit list: “I just downloaded the eBook of Vintage Modern Knits by Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn. It’s one of my favorites! I can’t wait to cast on for the Adelaide Yoke Pullover (yep, the sweater on the cover). It’s such a beautiful design and will be perfect pullover for this fall and winter.”
Here’s Online Product Manager Tania’s recommendation: “I absolutely love Alexis Winslow’s book Graphic Knits! Below is a picture of me in my Sweetness Pullover from the book—I’ve worn it several dozen times and it’s still super comfortable! If you love color, easy knits, and getting tons of compliments on your knitwear, this is the perfect book for you! I’m already working on the Tanger Shrug as a second project . . .”
I love Graphic Knits, too. The cover project, a red and white color-blocked shrug sweater, is absolutely stunning.
Video Producer Lindsay Smith is excited about a project from Knitting Plus: “One of my many knitting dreams and goals: I will make my own Haviland yoke sweater from the beautiful Border Leicester/Corriedale cross yarn I bought at Rhinebeck 2013, even though the yarn is a different weight and I will need some help altering the pattern. Dream big, fellow knitters! You can do it!”
Check out our fantastic book sale today, and get yourself that book you’ve been coveting, but you haven’t really wanted to spend the money on. Now’s your chance!
P.S. What’s your favorite knitting book? Share it with me in the comments!