Make One Increase

A make one increase (M1) is a nearly invisible increase creating a knit stitch. Many of today’s designers prefer the make one over the popular kfb (knit into front and back of stitch) which creates a knit stitch followed by a purl stitch. Discriminating knitters can use the Make One Left and Make One Right for beautiful leaning increases in gussets and yokes. Confused? Watch my newest video and try this easy to execute increase.
A make one is featured in my Super Simple Heel.

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  1. cindy kenyon
    Posted December 2, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Great video! Really explains both very well.

  2. Posted February 8, 2011 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    This video really helped me.

  3. sylvia farina
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Permalink


  4. Kay
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Michelle you explained the right and left increases in a way that I finally understand. Thanks so much

  5. Posted October 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    You are quite welcome!

  6. Sladie
    Posted November 10, 2011 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    You are making my life so much easier with these tutorials. I’m just learning how to knit – so this might be a bit tricky for me to just start doing – but at least I know what M1 and M1R means now 🙂

  7. midge kiely
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Hi, not sure on the triplicity pattern for the m1r and m1l…on the purl rows, do you still do the m1r and m1l knitwise or do you do them purlwise. thanks for your help.

  8. Posted December 24, 2011 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Continue to make the M1 increases in the same fashion on both sides. Happy knitting!

  9. Marilyn Lundquist
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the excellent demo for M1. Extremely clear and helpful.

  10. Roxanne Marchese
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Excellent video. Just the right speed and close up with great explanation. I can even use my phone to view while sitting and knitting. I am not new to Knitting, but have not done for years, so I am trying to review prior to using my pattern. When a pattern says just M1 (not M1 right or left) do I follow the above video? Thanks

  11. Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    The video starts out with the M1 which is also known as a M1L. The M1R is shown later in the video. When a pattern does not state which Make One then a M1L is used. Happy knitting!

  12. Beatrice Bodney
    Posted May 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Great video, sure helped in my knitting.

  13. Posted May 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    I’m happy to help!

  14. ljenk51
    Posted August 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    How do you make a M1 stitch at the end of the row?

  15. Posted August 5, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    It would need to be before the last stitch in the row to utilize the running thread. If you absolutely must make the increase at the end of the row I would use a Kfb.

  16. Amy Stringer
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    I just got back to knitting after stopping as a beginner about 15 years ago – with a sweater for my husband half done! The fantastic woman, Karen, who owns White River Yarns in White River Junction, Vermont steered me toward your website, saying it was her favorite. I can see why; your tutorials are simply excellent (and you have lovely hands and nails!) So, I want to say thank you so very much. Between you and Karen, I hope to be a knitter for the rest of my life.

  17. Posted February 6, 2014 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    Welcome back to knitting! I am happy that my videos are helpful to you. Please give Karen and all the gang at White River Yarns my best!

4 Trackbacks

  • By Center of Attention – Part 4 on January 22, 2011 at 8:56 am

    […] to the eye, but may provide the change you need.  Other options include adding an increase (kfb or make one) or decrease (k2tog or ssk) at the beginning and end of the first round of stockinette stitches.  […]

  • By Cranked – Part 3 on April 15, 2011 at 6:57 am

    […] M1L (Make One Left) – With left needle tip, lift strand between needles from front to back.  Knit the lifted strand through the back.  See “Make One” Video […]

  • By Lacery – Part 3 on May 15, 2011 at 7:26 am

    […] lift strand between needles from front to back.  Knit the lifted strand through the back.  See “Make One” […]

  • By Triplicity Shawlette – Part 1 on October 6, 2011 at 7:52 am

    […] One increase may be executed to lean to the left (M1L) or lean to the right (M1R).  Watch the “Make One” Video to learn this discriminating […]

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