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.

32 thoughts on “Make One Increase

  1. The best ever videos for skill building! Your commentary while demonstrating a particular skill make it very easy to follow!

  2. The kfb will leave a small purl bump and the M1 does not. I would choose the increase that will be the most invisible in your stitch pattern. Happy knitting!

  3. I agree that a hole will result in two make ones back to back. I would check Ravelry for errata in the pattern or how other knitters handled the situation.

  4. On a yoke of a sweater, to increase the number of stitches, I’m told to knit to marker, M1, slip marker, M1. So I have two M1s next to each other and I am seeing a hole. Whenever I have done just 1 M1, it has looked fine. Any suggestions? I am making them as M1L.
    Your videos have made knitting so much more enjoyable…Thank you!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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 🙂

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

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