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« on: July 06, 2011 09:57:58 AM »

I've just learned to M1 and am having trouble with it.  After my second row is complete i have 1 extra stitch!  Here is what i'm doing:

cast on 3 stitches

row 1:  knit

row 2: P1, M1L, P1, M1R, P1 (5 st)     After this i have 6 stitches and for the life of me can not figure out what i'm doing wrong. 

This has actually been very hard for me because i'm using size three needles and worsted weight yarn.  I took me forever to figure out how to M1 with only 3 stitches and on the 2nd row... it was hard to find that "running stitch."

I'm working on the Ginge Marmalade pattern in The Knitted Odd-bod Bunch, in case any of you have that book and would like to give me a few pointers.  This is the most advanced knitting i've ever done.  Before this i knew how to knit and purl and do bar increases and decreases.  I've only ever knit scarves and a couple of seed stitch purses before.

Thanks in advance for your help.


« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2011 08:31:17 PM »

I have no idea where you are getting that extra stitch. Are you making sure the yarn comes under the right needle to the front when you start the purl row rather than over?

Given how tight your gauge is I'd actually do a "delayed m1" instead if it won't interfere with the next row, it would be a lot easier. Where it says to m1 (r or l) just yarn over. On the next row knit the yarn overs so that they are twisted. Assuming you knit in the most common fashion the leading leg of your yarn over will be in front. To make it lean left, knit in the back of the yarn over. To make it lean right, slip the yarn over knitwise, slip it back to the left needle (leading leg is now in the back) and knit it in the front.
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2011 06:29:46 AM »

How are you doing the M1s? They should be done lifting the yarn between sts from the previous row (that's the 'running thread/st) and purl into that. You're starting with 3 sts, increasing 2 which should leave you with 5. The videos at knitting help may help you see how to do them; I think there's one for the purl incs too - http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/increases

« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2011 12:03:39 PM »

Thanks for your advice!  I figured out what i was doing.  On the M1R i wasn't knitting into the front of the stitch, for some reason i was knitting into the back and bringing the loop over with the new stitch.

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