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« on: March 09, 2007 12:50:17 AM »

I have looked at all of my references and looked at Knitting Help and other online knitting video and for some reason my M1 still leaves a hole. What can I do to avoid this or is there another increase that I can use? I am at at the bottom half of Cosmic Pluto's top-down cardi and this is really bothering me as I don't want a sweater with lots of holes in it at the bottom. Thanks in advance for your responses.
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2007 03:01:55 AM »

You could twist it to help close it (probably the easiest for what you're already doing) or try a different increase (for instance, knit into the front & back (or back & front) of a stitch, knit into the stitch below (either before or after knitting the stitch itself), etc.).
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2007 03:49:29 AM »

You could twist it to help close it (probably the easiest for what you're already doing) or try a different increase (for instance, knit into the front & back (or back & front) of a stitch, knit into the stitch below (either before or after knitting the stitch itself), etc.).
Thanks, the M1 I am doing is picking up a stitch in between two stitches. Is this what you are referring to when you say knitting into the stitch below?
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2007 05:33:34 AM »

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the M1 I am doing is picking up a stitch in between two stitches

If that's the increase you're doing, then knit into the back of the stitch (if the stitch is sitting on the left needle with the needle inserted from front to back). This will twist the stitch and make a nearly invisible increase.
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2007 07:23:47 AM »

http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/increase.php  shows various increases and decreases and which intentionally make holes.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2007 09:32:22 AM »

Knitting into the front and back of a stitch isn't invisible. It's also called a bar increase because it leaves a bar on the knit side.  The M1 increase (which is picking up the bar between stitches) always leaves a hole, if you aren't doing the added step of twisting the stitch by knitting into the back of it.  Other increases are YO increase, which is just a yarn over, and will ALWAYS leave a hole and a cast on increase, which is usually used for more than one stitch, but I suppose could be used for only one. 
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2007 09:42:50 AM »

http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/increase.php  shows various increases and decreases and which intentionally make holes.
Thanks for this. I looked at this site before posting and tried to do the make one the way that she recommended but it still left a hole.
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2007 11:31:16 AM »

This gif image shows the "knit into the stitch below" increase after the stitch itself has been knit.  There is directionality there based on whether one knits the stitch below before or after (as in the video) the stitch itself.  (The other image there that supposedly shows knitting into the stitch below before knitting the stitch itself twists both stitchs, so I have not linked to it.)
This gif image shows a raised bar increase (what it sounds like you're doing) that's been knit twisted.  There is also directionality to the twist.
Any increase may look "thinner" (& feel different than the surrounding fabric), but will melt into the fabric after the fabric around it forms up & one knits on.  A large hole will not disappear, but if you twist the stitch & still dislike it you can always take your needles & move the excess yarn to the right or left along the row to tighten it up later.
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2007 01:45:53 PM »

This gif image shows the "knit into the stitch below" increase after the stitch itself has been knit.  There is directionality there based on whether one knits the stitch below before or after (as in the video) the stitch itself.  (The other image there that supposedly shows knitting into the stitch below before knitting the stitch itself twists both stitchs, so I have not linked to it.)
This gif image shows a raised bar increase (what it sounds like you're doing) that's been knit twisted.  There is also directionality to the twist.
Any increase may look "thinner" (& feel different than the surrounding fabric), but will melt into the fabric after the fabric around it forms up & one knits on.  A large hole will not disappear, but if you twist the stitch & still dislike it you can always take your needles & move the excess yarn to the right or left along the row to tighten it up later.
Thanks. The second image helped me to figure out how to do it without a huge hole appearing.
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2007 04:09:02 PM »

I almost always do an e-loop to make one as it doesn't really show up that much.
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