Knitting Basics - Increasing & Decreasing Stitches | Lisa Browell | Skillshare

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Knitting Basics - Increasing & Decreasing Stitches

teacher avatar Lisa Browell, Yarn & Craft Addict

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4 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Increase & decrease trailer

    • 2. Lesson 1 How to increase Stitches

    • 3. Lesson 2 How to decrease

    • 4. Lesson 3 Project

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About This Class

This course will teach you how to use increase and decrease stitches, a useful skill if you want to improve your knitting skills and move onto more complicated patterns.

I’ll teach you how to use knit through front & back (kfb) increase stitches & how to decrease using the knit 2 together (k2tog) stitch.

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1. Increase & decrease trailer: Hi, I'm Lisa. And today I'm gonna be teaching you some new stitches to improve your net. And I am going to teach you how to increase such as and decrease digits, which are skills that you will need for the majority of net implants, will be first, we'll be looking at how to increase searches using the knit through front and back stitch method will then going out to decrease his teachers using net two together stitch. Then we will look at a small project of how to make a diagonal small squares using your new increase and decrease skills. You can then if you want to, you can take this project further by making use of lots of these little squares, different class, which you could then piece together to make yourself a little patriotic blanket if you wish. I've added some details of the project in the project section of my course on the Skillshare website, which includes a written download of the symbol pattern that will be following. The only materials that you will need for this course is some yawn and the corresponding size of needles to go with that yarn. So I have used double knit yarn and some four millimeter knitting needles. 2. Lesson 1 How to increase Stitches: I've got to teach how to increase stitches by knitting through the front and the back of a Knit Stitch. So I've already got an ROE of customers stitches. So we need your first stage. That'll be taken needle and goes away normally going to knit stitch. And then I'll see polio loop theorem, normal breve leaves the existing stitch on the needle. Don't put it off to one side, off yet. Taking it around the back, put it through the back loop. As you can say. And I would just say that round. And NetLab. You'll see that you've got two blue loops there. That's the tail, That's the increase. So you have two stitches into that one loop. So we then slide of the stitch that you normally would. You say that you've got three stitches there instead of two? I'm going to just repeat this several times. Just see you can see how to do it. Don't worry, we don't pick it up first time. If you just keep watching or feel free to pause, rewind, and re-watch. So I'm just gonna do this a few times just to show you how it's stored. Okay, so there we go. We've increased to that. There was this won't be net-like normal. Don't slide off. Go round the back, pull the needle through. Net-like normal coal 30, and then slide this texture off. So I'm just going to repeat this a few times to see you can see slowly. So we've stitched quite normal that takes the needle around and go into the back of the same stitch. There. We just pull up through slide the edge of the left needle. Net-like normal. Take any, don't run the back. The back of the same switch. That again, covalently through slide off. You may find this a little bit fiddly at first, but once you've got the hang of it, it's quite easy to do. This is to be honest, is the easiest. Increased the chat. I find, this is the one that I tend to use in my patterns. But there are lots of other increase stitches that you can do, which I'll cover in another class. So what we're gonna do is we're just going to keep increasing and each and every stage until we get to the end of the row, we'll just knit glass DEJ and never will I get the first one just so it's nicely rounded off on the edge. We can say by the ego pairs of stitches there. Now, the, each of those pairs, the first one is your original net stage, and the second on the pad. As you increase C, You can easily save you remember to increase correctly because they'll be a little pay. So if we just increase again that just do these a bit quicker. So they front to back, a slide off, let say front to the back. Slide off. It didn't front to the back. Slide the stitch off. The front to back, slide off, net to front. Nitro back, slide off. Just the last couple of z and say, once you get into a rhythm with that, it is quite easy. Obviously, you wouldn't normally increase every state general. This is just so that you can say see, you can lend the stage a couple left. And then I'll just net the last image. We then turn the work ova from the front. You'll be able to see the pattern as well actually. So you can see that this was pairs of stitches that a guy like a side control phase once that the normal state check, once the increase. So when you see you've got lots of, what's a peasant stitches need, say that a bit, but on the back as well. You can see as well how you've got like a little bom, bom wants that you not only are there as well as indicating which one was the original one, which one was the new one. You can see very easily if you haven't increased correctly, if you haven't increased in the right place because of the fact that with this ditch that they do sit together in pairs, it is quite easy to keep a track of where you go in and be like maybe you forget from time to time. So what I'll do is I will just let a few more rows just see you can see the shape. So to speed this part up, okay, They always say I've done a few rows and you can now say on both sides, where I've increased on why the piece gets wider than the top. 3. Lesson 2 How to decrease: In this lesson we're going to learn are a decreased images. So I'm going to show you how to gather. I've just got a couple of rows of ordinates such as yet, start off. So the way you net two together and as you put your needle through two stitches at the time. So you can see I'm pointing to the first two and the role. So we go through the back of the second drawn and the first one normally the same time, but just doing it this way. So you can say to interpret the two loops on the needle at once. And then you just net like normal poly needle through and catch your loop. So you are now have worn loop instead of the two. And then you just slide that stitch along and off your needle. Just carefully, you'll see that you owe to citizens. Now what it is that easy, you just knitting, you just picking up the two loops and put your needle through the two loops instead of the worn. But it's how you normally need apart from that seems yeah. But the two there. And then I'm discriminate like normal around the back. Again, if you need to re-watch this several times, worry, that's absolutely fine. I'm just going to keep decreasing the stitches here. Just cheat and say, so. Just knit two stitches per yard around the polling loop through. And then slide is that shuffle left needle. So the only difference normal netting is you need to make sure that that point of view right needle is going through two loops at once rather than just born. So it's a little bit fiddly. But again, it's something that you do by hand off. Assemblers bring my needle rounds, you can see the two together. And then you just knit like normal. So this is a really easy decreased edge. Again, this one is the one I tend to use my patents because it's the easiest that I find him. However, there are other decrease stitches which I will go for another class in future. So I'm just going to keep decreasing the stitches. So just doing that the two together. Now to skip join us for the whole row. So the end of this row you should find because I've decreased in there every single stage, you should have half as many citizens when he started. So just the last one. So just do it through the two loops. These are slow but takes as my first couple of rows, but just call that 30 side of a naive finished euro. Say that but narrowing already at the top. And you can see you've got AFS many stitches as what you started with. And we have a look at the back. And if you look very carefully and closely, you can say the two loops that you've caught on one stitch. And just like I was saying, with the increase, that's a good way to check that you've actually decreased in the right place on your partner if you're a bit forgetful. So it's easy to spot that one. 4. Lesson 3 Project: In this lesson, we're going to make a little class project. We're just going to make a tiny little square, which we're going to start with to customers ditches. And we're going to increase the stitches until we get to some point and then we're going to decrease back down to two stitches. So you were diagonally. So just VFS row if he just net the first two stitches. So you first row, you just got to some omitted statues of each and we'll go do our second one. I'm using just a row counter, that little pin plastic commands just to make sure that I'm keeping a count of how many rows I've done. Just make sure the buttons right for you. So our second row, we're going to net the first stitch stitch. And then we're gonna do an increase stitch. So we're going to net the front and back of this second stitch. So net to the front, to the back. And it will go up. And you say that we've now got three stitches because we just increased worn for the next row. And this will be the same for the next few rows. You go into the first stage. And then the second stage of each row we're going to see the front and back. So this is always going to be our increased. It just going to be the second stitch in each row. And then if you just need any other stitches in that role. So that was just the oneness or an hour or two for Situ. So we would increase by stage in that role as well. What we're gonna do is we're just going to continue doing this until we got probably around 2025 stitches just to make it a decent size, but you can do it up to however many you want. And we just keep doing this increased role repeatedly. And you get 0 where your square is as wide as you want it to be diagnosed with a triangle shape. And then restarting the decreases after that. So you can say now I've kept doing that role repeatedly and have a little triangle C. You can see that it's increased on the left and the right sides because it's obviously, I've done one step to every row, it evenly increased. So you've got your little triangle there. Just nice and neat. And then we're gonna do our decrease stitches next to Omega naught squared. So the decrease is very similar to the increase. So if stitch, then we're going to decrease in the second Situ every row. So we're going to net two together. So netlist stitch together. And then we're going to net every stage in this row. So we'll just netting all the stitches in this role. Just like we did with the increased role. But we're going to do this the opposite way. So we're going to keep doing this decrease role until we got back down to having only two stitches left. So we've got the same with a shape, a square. So I'll just note these last few stitches. Right? Turn that first decrease mole. So if we turn this around and we go to net, our next rule, we enter the first stitch and then we do our decreased it. So the segment is to just gotten an ET tube together to decrease. So the net, this one, the next two switches together. Okay, so net that one and get through and just slide them to the left needle. So decrease that from three to two stitches and that we just need, again all stitches in this rule. I'll just speed this up. I need to say out the left and right edges of this is starting to go back in where we decreased. And it's starting to make the kind of middle points of your square. So we just keep decreasing on every row until you get to this point where you've only got two stitches left on your needle. You say I've got a nice little square there. The bottom is the increases in the autocracy decreases. Now with these two stitches that we've got left, we're just going to cast them off. So we just cast off like normal. Now notice it's just a project, but it's actually been a star in bulk for a bigger project. If you want to do this, what you could do is you could do lots of these little squares in lots of different, It's a scrappy on. And you can then solve them together around the edges to make a blanket. Bits and pieces like that. And the possibilities are endless really. But as long as you always make sure that you do the same amount of decrease rules as increased roles. You'll make sure that you get it to be a square. So you just pull out. Yes, you can say it's the square shape she can give. When it's wet, just stretch out if you want to. But there you go. You've got a little square that you can make all those making your blanket.