m1 – How to Make One Knit Stitch – m1R and m1L
Make 1 or m1 is a generic way to say ‘create one new stitch’. There are many different methods that you can choose from, and you should pick the one you prefer. Where a specific technique is listed on our patterns, it is typically for a specific reason (because it contributes to creating a special effect). You can use the suggested method in this case, OR simply substitute your own favourite method for making a new stitch.
This tutorial explains a m1 method that involves working into the bar between two stitches. It can be worked two different ways, these are described as ‘left’ and ‘right’ – m1L and m1R.
m1L ::: Make 1 Left
Step 1 ::: Insert the LH needle from front to back, under the bar between the stitches (thus lifting it onto the LH needle)
Step 2 :::: Knit this bar through the back loop (this twists it into a nice little tight loop)
This is one new stitch made!
m1R ::: Make 1 Right
Step 1 ::: Insert the LH needle from back to front, under the bar between the stitches (thus lifting it onto the LH needle)
Having a hard time visualizing these increases? Knittinghelp.com has excellent videos which illustrate a number of different increase methods, including m1R and m1L – find them here.
Which kind of m1 should I use?
What if the pattern just says m1, but doesn’t specify where to use m1R and where to use m1L? Well, lets take a look at the effect of working m1R and m1L in different locations.
When you are increasing AFTER a stitch marker, you create new stitches that slant out leftward from the rest of the work. I prefer to use m1L in this context.
When you are increasing BEFORE a stitch marker, you create new stitches that slant out rightward from the rest of the work. I prefer to use m1R in this context.
Take a look at how m1R and m1L look in these contexts – I find that the most seamless / flat / tight line of increase is to use m1L after a marker, and m1R before a marker. But you may like the effect of using the opposite decrease! It’s all about your preference, there isn’t really a right or wrong way to do it.
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