When a project has increases that flare out from a line of stitches – like the increases we make at raglan lines of a top-down sweater or at the sections of a shawl – it is always a good idea to make those increases so that they mirror each other. That will add symmetry to the project and will make it look more refined and well-finished.
These increases are called “paired increases”. There are different ways to make them. Some of those ways are more complicated than others.
In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at two very simple ways to make paired increases. Both ways are based on yarn overs, and what could be easier than making a yarn over, right? 🙂
We’ll start with the way that forms neater, almost invisible increases.
Usually, paired increases are worked in every other row or round. But you can easily use this method of increasing stitches even when the pattern tells you to make increases in every row or round.
Because we don’t pull strands from the previous row as we add new stitches to the work, the fabric will not be puckered and the stitches will not be too tight.
The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #5. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (336 pages!) with this and 46 other tutorials included in the collection.
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