Beyond the Yarn Over: Interesting Increases

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Knowing how to increase your stitch count in knitting is an important skill. There are so many increases to learn, and in this video, Corrina Ferguson will demonstrate a few of the more interesting increases that you can incorporate into your knitting projects.


A double increase is worked by taking one stitch and turning it into three stitches. In the video, Corrina provides instruction for two interesting double increases – kyok (knit, yarn over, knit) and kpk (knit 1, purl1, knit 1).

The kyok increase is worked by knitting 1 stitch but leaving the stitch on the left-hand needle. Yarn over and knit 1 stitch into the same stitch that is still on the left-hand needle. Remove the stitch off the left-hand needle and you have three stitches where you previously had a single stitch.

The kpk (knit 1, purl 1, knit 1) increase is worked in a similar manner as the kyok increase, but there is a purl stitch used instead of the yarn over. To begin, knit one stitch but leave the stitch on the left-hand needle. Bring the working yarn to the front and purl into this same stitch, again leaving the stitch on the left-hand needle. The working yarn is moved to the back and knit into the same stitch once more, this time removing the stitch off the left-hand needle. You have three stitches where you previously had a single stitch.


Corrina demonstrates two single increases in the video as well. The knit-front-and-back (kfb) increase is created by knitting into the front of the next stitch but leaving the original stitch on the left-hand needle. Bring the right-hand needle around to the back of the left-hand needle. Insert the right-hand needle into the back of the stitch and knit the stitch again. Drop the stitch off the left-hand needle, and a single increase has been created.

The other single increase shown in the video is a make one by casting on using the backwards loop method. When used, this increase is rather invisible, especially when worked into Stockinette stitch fabric.

These increases are just a few interesting increases to choose from in knitting. Try experimenting with them to determine which ones work best for you and your project.