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kissbangdie
« on: January 10, 2009 11:48:58 AM »

I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out how to add stitches.
I have a book that shows me, but I didn't understand it.
And I looked at a few websites and still didn't get what I was supposed to do.

So if anyone could better explain it to me, or show me a good website they use, that would be wonderful!
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soozeq
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2009 01:55:04 PM »

Add stitches as in increase, or add stitches as in cast on sts at the end/beginning of a row? There are lots of videos at www.knittinghelp.co m - look on the Increases page or Cast ons, depending on which you mean.

eta: and if it's a specific pattern, a link to it, or just the rows you don't understand will let us help you better.
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kissbangdie
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2009 03:08:06 PM »

honestly, I really don't know what I mean. =X
I just learned how to knit, but I only know how to make scarves.
My friend wants me to make him a tie, and I figured it would be pretty much like a scarf, except it will need to get wider, and the more narrow.

but thanks for the website, I'm going to look around on there tonight and hopefully figure it out.
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Riki
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2009 06:05:44 PM »

There are patterns for ties on the Internet - try www.knittingpattern central.com - and a pattern will tell you when and where to add stitches and usually will specify which type of increase to use - then you  can look that specific increase up (or ask here!)
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soozeq
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2009 08:14:46 PM »

You'll be using increases for that kind of pattern and unless you want to make up your own, the pattern will say what to do when.
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2009 05:59:25 AM »

Whoosh!

I found a pattern that doesn't look to be too difficult.

http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/party_necktie.html

I think you should be fine doing it in yarn rather than ribbon. (The ribbon is a bit twee).

As for your actual question:
There are a couple of methods of increasing (Adding stitches). Usually a pattern will specify which one it wants you to use. Otherwise, use the stitch you're most comfortable with.
1. Yarnovers. These are easy peasy. On a knit row you take the yarn between the needles so it's in front of your work, then knit the next stitch. This causes your yarn to get trapped around your needle, creating an extra stitch. On the next row you knit into the loop you made as if it was a real stitch. This creates a hole in your knitting (Not one of those ones that come undone and wreck your knitting). Yarnovers are usually used in lacework.
Conversely, to do a yarnover in a purl stitch, you put the yarn to the back of the work and purl the next stitch.
There are a lot of different methods of doing these, this is the one I use and it has served me well thus far.
2. Make 1. You can pick up the strand between the stitch you just made and the next one with your right-hand needle and put it on your left-hand needle. Then knit or purl into it as if it was a stitch. This one's pretty straightforward too. It makes a little bit of a hole.
3. Knitting into the front and back of a stitch. You can knit into the next stitch without pulling it off the needle, then knit through the back of the same stitch. I found a picture because I couldn't explain it.
http://www.learn2knit.co.uk/knitting/images/LearnToKnit_Fig034.gif
Now you can pull the stitch off the left-hand needle.
This method doesn't leave a hole.

I sure hope this helps, because it took ages to type it all.
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kissbangdie
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2009 11:21:16 AM »

Wow,
thanks for all the information.

the yarnovers sound pretty easy.
I can't wait to make this now.

thanks again!
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