Learn How to Make a Lift-Left Increase (LLI) [FREE Knitting Tutorial]

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Text area which says "Increase Tutorials: Learn How to Make a Lift-Left Increase, learnknittingonline.com" followed by hands knitting a blue fabric with wooden needlesThe most invisible increases are probably the lifted stitch increases. There are two knit-lift increases: one right-leaning and one left-leaning. In this tutorial, you will learn about the lift-left increase.

In fact, this increase is often abbreviated as LLI in knitting patterns.

What characterizes lifted increases is that they work into a stitch in the row below the current rows. This characteristic means that the lifted stitch does not make a noticeable hole or bump.

Actually, use a lifted increase almost everywhere in a knitting project.

However, you should keep in mind that since you increase by pulling up a loop, your work might pucker if you put the increases too close together.

As mentioned, you can make a lifted increase either to the right or the left of an existing stitch.

There is a tutorial for how to make a Right-Lift Increase (RLI) here: Learn How to Make a Lift-Right Increase

Either of the lifted increase stitch techniques is great for increasing directly before or after a yarnover. This makes them perfect for making increases when there is no strand between the two stitches that you can work with.

Characteristics

  • Creates an increase by pulling a stitch up from the previous row.
  • It is a left-leaning increase.

Lift-left Increase final outputIdeal for

  • Shaping your work by pairing it with the LRI; the LRI is used at the beginning of a row and the LLI at the end of the row.
  • Decoratively increase stitches.
  • Increasing directly before or after a yarnover. 

How to Make a Lift-Left Increase: Step-by-Step

Start by knitting to where you want to make the increase. This includes knitting the stitch that will be worked for the increase.

Step 1 of How to Make a Lift-Left Increase: hands knitting the stitch that will be worked for the increase.

Make sure to keep the working yarn in the back.

Step 2 of LLI: hands working yarn in the back.

Insert the left-hand needle, from back to front, into the stitch two rows below the last stitch you just knitted.

Step 3 of How to Make a Lift-Left Increase: hands inserting the left-hand needle, from back to the front.

Insert the right-hand needle into the lifted stitch on the left-hand needle. The knitting needle should be inserted from front to back.

Step 4 of LLI: hands inserting the right-hand needle into the lifted stitch.

Knit the lifted stitch as normal, making sure that it is not twisted.

Step 5 of How to Make a Lift-Left Increase: the knitted lifted stitch.

Note:

When you worked the LRI increase, the stitch had not yet been knitted. Conversely, when you work into the left side of a stitch, the stitch has already been knit.

Therefore, you need to work into the stitch two rows below for the LLI to mirror the LRI.

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