Lifted Increase

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The most versatile increases to use in double knitting are those that:

  • preserve the alternate stitch order of the 2 sides of the fabric on the knitting needles and
  • don't reveal the opposite yarn strand on the facing side of the fabric. 

Although the Make 1 Increase is easier to execute in double-knitting, another increase that works is the Lifted Increase.  The Lifted Increase creates a new stitch using the purl bump of the stitch that is one row below the stitch on the left hand needle.

Knitwise Lifted Increase:

Double Knitting, Knitwise Lifted Increase, Step 1

Step 1:  Insert right hand needle from front to back and from the top down through the purl bump directly below the stitch being worked on the left hand needle.

In this exampleThe right needle is inserted in the purl bump under the facing knit stitch.

Double Knitting, Knitwise Lifted Increase, Step 2

Step 2:  Knit this purl bump.  Do not remove the stitch above the bump from the LH needle.  Follow pattern instructions for next stitch.

Review the Position of the Working Yarn tutorial as a reference for yarn positioning.

In this exampleThe purl bump is knit using the facing yarn.

In double knitting, you will typically repeat the lifted increase for each side of the fabric, without dropping the stitches from the needle.  Once the lifted increase stitches are complete, then the stitches above them are worked off the needle, preserving the alternate sequence of stitches on the needle.

Purlwise Lifted Increase:

Double Knitting, Purlwise Lifted Increase, Step 1

Step 1:  Insert right hand needle from back to front and from the bottom up through the purl bump directly below the stitch being worked on the left hand needle.

In this exampleThe right needle is inserted in the purl bump below the opposite purl stitch.

Double Knitting, Purlwise Lifted Increase, Step 2

Step 2:  Purl this bump.  Do not remove the stitch above the bump from the LH needle.  Follow pattern instructions for next stitch.

Review the Position of the Working Yarn tutorial as a reference for yarn positioning.

In this exampleThe purl bump is purled using the opposite yarn.