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.