12 Days KAL: Increases, Decreases and Kitchener Stitch

This is the second in our series to get you ready to start the Twelve Days of Christmas Mitten Garland. A few people have mentioned they’d never worked some of the increases, decreases or Kitchener stitch this pattern calls so this post will go through the different ones. I’ve done picture tutorials (click on any of them to see them bigger) and included links to videos.

Increases

backwards loop -This is one of the simplest increases (and cast-ons). After looking at some tutorials, I realized I do it slightly differently, so the pictures here show how I do it. Here is a link to a video (go to single cast-on) with how I think most people do it. (I think my way makes a tighter stitch.)
eloop
Make One Increases – These are two of my favorite increases, they give you shaping in a particular direction and are less visible than others. We’ll use them for the thumb gusset.
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You can find videos for both these increases here.
m1l (make one left)
make 1 left
m1r (make 1 right)
make1right

Decreases

Like the make one increases, using ssk and k2tog create decreases with direction. We’ll use them to shape the top of the mitten and thumb.
decreases
You can watch videos on there here.
k2tog (knit two together)
knit 2 together
ssk (slip slip knit)
slip slip knit

Kitchener Stitch

A lot of people are intimidated by the Kitchener stitch which we will use to seam the top of the mitten hand and thumb. You are doing the same things you do in knitting and purling, just with a tapestry needle. It creates a great invisible seam. My best tip is to do this seaming when you have time to concentrate, so you can keep track of where you are in the series of stitches. If you need help remembering the order of the stitches, some people find it useful to have a notecard in front of them with “Knit, slip, purl. Purl, slip, knit.” written on it. I couldn’t photograph this stitch in a way I thought would be helpful, so here is a video tutorial.

 

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5 Comments to 12 Days KAL: Increases, Decreases and Kitchener Stitch
    • Lynn Blanchard
    • These photos are great! Very helpful. I am starting mitten #22 of your Advent Garland, and I have conquered knitting with a strand in each hand.Love it!

    • Katy
    • Your photos are really great for teaching this sort of thing! I’m very much a novice knitter – I can knit straight lines of varying lengths, and I’ve managed scarves and a couple hats (that I basically made rectangles and sewed a seam). But this is helpful for increases and decreases! Do you happen to have a tutorial for how to purl? I’ve seen that in a lot of directions and I don’t really know how to do it.

      • Kat
      • I’ve never personally done a tutorial for purling, but if you go to the site I link to for videos in this post I’m sure they have one.

    • Manisha
    • I’ve been using your increase chart since you posted it a few days ago. I agree that it is very helpful. I think it is because you made the smaller squares so I don’t need to keep scrolling up and down. I don’t know if you remember this, you helped me see that there were many different ways to increase on a knitting night at your house years ago. I’d been knitting for a long while but just simple knits. Now I’m knitting slightly more “complicated” patterns. When using your increase guide I kept thinking of how naive I was when I met you and now am happy with how far I’ve come since then! Thanks!

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