Eastern (Russian) Bar Increases (KBF and KFB)

Bar Increases in Russian Knitting

When we knit using the Eastern (previously known as Russian) knitting style, the stitches have a different orientation on the needles. Unlike the stitches worked using any of the classic knitting styles, in Eastern knitting, the right leg of a stitch is at the back of the knitting needle. That’s why if we want to make an increase by knitting a stitch “front and back” we get a result that does not look like a bar increase in the classic knitting.

To make a bar increase in Eastern knitting, we should reverse the steps and knit a stitch through the back loop before we knit it through the front loop.

Here’s how we do it step by step.

To learn all ins and outs of the Eastern knitting style, consider taking a detailed online course Eastern (Russian) Knitting Simplified.


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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Russian Bar Increases | 10 rows a day
Russian Bar Increases | 10 rows a day
Russian Bar Increases | 10 rows a day

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Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko - www.10rowsaday.com