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« on: March 03, 2006 04:01:02 AM »

Hi,

I'm doing my first project with increases and decreases - its a toy duck.

When I did the head, the increases were mid-row so I did the knit through the back loop to get an invisible increase.

Now I'm doing the wings - I have to increase in the first and last stitch.  My selvedge edge stitches are always a bit loosy-goosy on the needle - they are fine once I'm done.  I tried the knit two stitches through the same stitch - where I didn't remove the needle and just knit another stitch, but it really didn't work well, especially for the first stitch.

So I did the knit through the back loop - which was hard also, so I would bring the back loop on the needle and then knit it. 

I was thinking - could I just do my increase on the second stitch?  I think that would make my life a lot easier.  Would it make a big difference?

Thanks.

BahaGal
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2006 07:53:17 AM »

Probably won't make a huge difference, but just for clarity's sake, I think you might be misunderstanding the names of increases.  The knit-through-the-back-loop increase is, I believe, the same as the increase you describe as leaving the stitch on the needle.  You knit through the stitch normally, leave it on the needle, then knit through the back.  That creates what is called a bar increase, and it is not invisible.  I think what you are calling "knit through the back" is actually a "make one", where you lift a loop from between the stitches and then knit it twisted?  Technically, you DO knit this through the back loop, but you might confuse people that way, since usually that phraseology is used to describe a bar increase. 
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