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« on: August 26, 2010 08:07:53 PM »

So I'm making my son a sackboy for Christmas, and boy was I so happy to find a pattern for it! Here's the problem. I am following the pattern, but because of the increases, it's making little "holes" in the fabric. Now, I've seen pictures of the complete sackboys, and I don't see any of these holes that I'm making on theirs. Any idea why mine would come out this way? Maybe i'm not following it right? Here's the pattern up to the point that I have on the needles right now:

Cast on 12 sts with Click for base edge and st st 2
rows.
1st inc row K1, (inc 1) three times, K3, (inc 1) three
times, K2. [18 sts]
Next row Purl.
2nd inc row K1, (inc 1, K1) three times, K3,
(inc 1, K1) three times, K2. [24 sts]
Next row Purl.
3rd inc row (K2, inc 1) three times, K5, (inc 1, K2)
three times, K1. [30 sts]

And here is what it's coming out like:


I'm a left handed knitter, but I don't believe that would be what's causing this. Any help would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2010 09:29:41 PM »

What type of increase are you using? I am fairly new to knitting but it looks like your doing a YO increase perhaps if you used a M1 increase this would cause them to be more invisable?
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2010 09:53:42 PM »

This is a good increase to not make holes:

http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2007/05/very-nearly-invisible-increase.html
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2010 06:43:50 AM »

http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/increases

Knittinghelp.com is great for showing/learning different techniques. The link above is all sorts of different ways to get an increase the way you want it.
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2010 08:14:43 AM »

Those are definitely yarn over increases. Did the pattern specify which increase to use in the directions? If so, I would use that one.  Otherwise the M1L increase usually is the easiest increase to do (IMO). You can find it on knittinghelp.com with a video, but essentially you lift up the strand of yarn in between the stitches with the right needle and place it on the left needle. Then you knit it through the back loop and viola! One stitch increased!
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2010 10:00:20 AM »

Thank you all for the information. No, the pattern doesn't say what type of increase to use, and me being a new knitter didn't realize that you would use any other type of increase other than yo. lol. I will retry it now. Thanks again!
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2010 10:28:56 AM »

I usually knit into the front and back of the stitch when I need to increase invisibly.
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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2010 05:20:19 PM »

Thank you all for the information. No, the pattern doesn't say what type of increase to use, and me being a new knitter didn't realize that you would use any other type of increase other than yo. lol. I will retry it now. Thanks again!

That's what we're all here for!  Good luck and don't forget to post your awesome Sackboy when finished!

I usually knit into the front and back of the stitch when I need to increase invisibly.

I'm pretty sure the bar increase (kfb) isn't an invisible increase because it leaves a little bar at the bottom of the stitch, which would show on the Sackboy pattern and not look smooth.  It is easy to execute though and was the first increase I learned to do.
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