Welcome to the third entry in our ongoing series Learn a Stitch, Make a Cowl! Each month in 2015 we will teach you a new crochet or knit stitch. You can then use the stitch when you make the featured cowl. This month our stitch is a Make 1, and the cowl is the Lovable Cowl in Boutique Unforgettable. Keep reading to learn the stitch and enter to win! Use the hashtag #learnstitches to talk about the series.
For the cowl you’ll use Boutique Unforgettable, but I used Soft for the example. You’ll be starting at the neck edge and working a lacy pattern, and then use Make 1s to add stitches for the flared lower section.
A Make 1 (M1) allows you to add a stitch almost invisibly. You will use the strand of yarn between the right hand and left hand needles to create the stitch. This increase can only be done in the middle of a row or round, never at the end of a row. In the photos below, the strand is indicated with an arrow.
Lift the strand of yarn so it is on the left-hand needle.
Knit the strand through the back loop. You’ll notice that the right-hand needle is going into the back loop of the strand on the left-hand needle, instead of through the front loop as is the usual way. Knitting through the back loop twists the strand and prevents a hole.
After knitting the strand, you’ll have an additional stitch on your needle.
When you’ve finished the row, you can look and see the new stitch, which doesn’t have a column below it like the existing stitches do.
Bonus Tip: Charts
To make this cowl, you can follow the written pattern or the charts. If you’re interested in improving your reading of knitted charts, patterns like this one with both methods of instructions are a great resource.
As the notes at the beginning indicate, the cowl is worked in the round, and the chart should be read from right to left on all rounds. Since the charts have the round numbers all on one side, you are given a reminder that you should always read the chart starting at the number for that round.
Looking at the charts, you’ll start at the bottom of the Neck Section chart at Round 1. After you finish Round 29, you’ll switch to the Shape Lower Section chart for Round 30. This change in charts follows the change in sections in the written pattern on the first page.
Follow the Key to know which type of stitch you need to make.
To see the other stitches and cowls in this series, visit the Learn a Stitch, Make a Cowl page.
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