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Learn How to Make 1 Right (M1R) in Knitting
An increase that is great to have in your knitting arsenal, is the Make 1 (M1). In fact, with the M1 you can make an increase that slants either to the left or the right. In this tutorial, you will learn how to Make 1 Right (M1R) in knitting.
The M1 is a great increase to use as it is practically invisible. This makes it a good increase to use after a rib.
In addition, it is a great choice when you are shaping a sleeve or knitting a shawl. Typically, when making a sleeve or a shawl, you will make your increases in pairs. You can easily do this by combining the M1R with the Make 1 Left (M1L). However, you need to make sure that your increases always slant in the direction of the widening fabric.
Furthermore, you should not use an M1 increase right at the edge of your knitting project. Normally, you will use at least 2 stitches from the edge. However, you can use the M1 anywhere on a knitted row/round.
You can find a step-by-step tutorial for the M1L increase here: How to Make 1 Left (M1L) in Knitting.
When using an M1 increase, the new stitch is formed by lifting up the horizontal strand between two existing stitches.
We suggest that you place a stitch marker next to each increase. This will make it easier to count your increases. It will also ensure that you have made the right number of increases at the right intervals.
In many knitting patterns, you will only see M1. If that is the case, try to read your knitting project and see what would fit it the best – an M1L or an M1R.
- Makes a new stitch between two stitches
- The new stitch has one leg crossing the other and leans in that direction
- The increase is practically invisible
- Increase stitches at end of a right-side row
- Using with the M1L to shape sleeves
Step-by-Step M1R in Knitting Tutorial
The M1R will slant to the right on the knit side of your project.
Make sure the knit side is facing you. Knit to where you want the increase to be.
Insert the tip of the left-hand needle, from back to front, under horizontal strand between the last stitch worked and the next stitch on the left-hand needle.
Knit this strand through the front loop to twist the stitch.