Much attention is given to left and right leaning decreases, everyone wants to get their SSKs smaller and less misshapen. But very little is said about the difference between left and right leaning increases. Often, knitting patterns do not distinguish between the two, leaving a cryptic M1 to be interpreted by the knitter in whichever way they please, alternatively, an M1 is described as a left leaning increase, or M1L.
We toy knitters need right leaning increases to balance out the left leaning ones. For example, I used both right and left leaning increases in the tail of my shark pattern to make it fully symmetrical.
Here’s how to make a M1R.
1. Pick up the bar in the knitting between your needles from front to back on the right needle.
As you can see, it looks a bit contorted, but this is correct.
3. Knit into the front leg of the loop, like an ordinary knit stitch. This is where is gets difficult, because that loop is tightly twisted. I solve the problem by rolling that new stitch around the needle using my left index finger. This stretches out the stitch, so I can knit into it.
4. Knit the stitch as normal.
The finished stitch looks as though it is growing from the stitch to it’s left. Here’s a close up of those M1Rs in the Shark’s tail.