Working a m2 aka double m1 increase

Working a m2 increase

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There are various ways of working a double increase. Take for example a double yarn over. In this tutorial I will focus on the make 2 increase or m2 for short. It can also be referred to as a “double make 1” (m1) increase. It basically consists of working 2 m1 increases directly after one other in the same strand of yarn between 2 stitches in the row directly below the one you’re currently working.

The m1 increase is a directional one. This means that there is a left leaning version (m1l) and a right leaning version (m1r). The m2 version that consists of first working a m1r, followed by a m1l, makes a very decorative horizontal strand in the fabric. This is the version I’ll show you below. Different looks can be achieved by first working a m1l, followed by a m1r, working m1r twice, or a m1l twice. Experiment and choose the one that gives the look you like for a particular project!

Please do note, that since this increase uses the strand of yarn already there between stitches, it tends to tighten up the knitting. For this reason I advise to work one or more plain rows between increase rows, especially when stacking them.

Materials used

Yarn: * Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, a good value, good quality 100% acrylic yarn, here in the color 128 Lime Green.

Needles: * KnitPro Zing Fixed Circular Needles. In this tutorial, I used the 4 mm (US 6) size with a cable length of 80 cm (32 inches).

Working a m2 increase step by step

  1. First take your knitting. Here I’ve continued with the little swatch I used with a previous tutorial.

    M2 increase - a tutorial by La Visch Designs

  2. Knit to the spot where you want to make the increase.

    First, work your way across the row until you’ve reached the point where you want to make the increase. In this case, I will be making the M2 increase 5 stitches in from the left edge. I’d make the increase in the middle of my swatch for a truly centered result, but alas, my swatch has an odd number of stitches.M2 increase - a tutorial by La Visch Designs

  3. First we start the m1r increase

    To do so, lift the thread between the stitch just knit and the next one from the back with your left needle.M2 increase - a tutorial by La Visch Designs

  4. Insert the right-hand knitting needle into the front of the loop.

    M2 increase - a tutorial by La Visch Designs

  5. Wrap the yarn around the needle…

    M2 increase - a tutorial by La Visch Designs

  6. … and pull in through, slide the stitch of the left-hand needle to complete the m1r part of this double increase.

    M2 increase - a tutorial by La Visch Designs

  7. Next, we’re going to tackle the m1l part of the increase.

    To do so, lift the thread between the stitch just knit and the next one from the front with your left-hand needle.M2 increase - a tutorial by La Visch Designs

  8. Insert the right-hand knitting needle into the back of the loop.

    M2 increase - a tutorial by La Visch Designs

  9. Wrap the yarn around the needle…

    M2 increase - a tutorial by La Visch Designs

  10. … and pull in through, slide the stitch of the left-hand needle to complete the m1l part of this double increase.

    M2 increase - a tutorial by La Visch Designs

  11. This is how it looks after this increase has been worked in 3 RS rows.

    Pretty, isn’t it? And that’s all there is to it!M2 increase - a tutorial by La Visch Designs

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