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The lifted stitch increases are probably the most invisible increases of them all. So, in this tutorial, you will learn how to make a lift-right increase. The lift-right increase is often abbreviated as LRI in knitting patterns.
Lifted increases are worked into a stitch in the row below the current row. This means that they do not form any noticeable hole or bump.
In fact, you can use this type of increase almost everywhere in your knitting project, making it extremely handy to learn.
However, as you are increasing by pulling up a loop from the previous row, the work may pucker if you stack the increases too close together. We recommend a minimum of three rows between each increase.
Moreover, lifted increases are worked into either the right or the left of an existing stitch.
You can find a tutorial for making the Lift-Left Increase (LLI) here: Learn How to Make A Lift-Left Increase
The lifted increase stitches are great for when you need to increase directly before or after a yarnover. Especially if there is no strand between the two stitches to work with.
- Forms a new stitch from a stitch in the previous row.
- It is a right-leaning increase
- Shaping your project by pairing it with the LLI where you have an LRI at the beginning of the row and an LLI at the end of the row.
- Increasing stitches decoratively.
- Using directly before or after a yarnover.
How to Make a Lift-Right Increase: Step-by-Step
Knit to where you want the increase.
Keep the working yarn in the back.
Insert the right-hand needle, from back to front, into the stitch below the next stitch on the left-hand needle. You may find it easier to do if you pull the work slightly to either side.
Lift the stitch onto the left-hand needle. Make sure NOT to twist it. The stitch has now been lifted.
Insert the right-hand needle into the lifted stitch from front to back and knit the lifted stitch.
Knit the original stitch as normal.
Alternative Method for the Lift-Right Increase
Knit to where you want the increase to be.
Turn the work on the left-hand needle towards you so that you can see the purl side.
Insert the tip of the right-hand needle, from the top down, into the stitch one row below. You have now completed the first step to lifting the stitch.
Place the stitch you are lifting onto the left-hand needle. Make sure NOT to twist it. You have now completed lifting the stitch.
Knit the lifted stitch as you usually would.
Then knit the original stitch on the left-hand needle.