M1 and Variations

Did you know there is more than one way to m1 (make one)? When a designer simply indicates to “m1”, they are stating that the variety of m1 used makes little difference to the pattern, and you should choose whichever you’re happiest with. All varieties of m1 require you to pick up a stitch from the bar between two stitches.

M1L
To m1l (make one left), insert the left needle from front to back under the bar between stitches. Knit into the back of the loop you just created. This is often considered the easiest way to m1.

front to back  back loop

M1R
To m1r (make one right), insert the left needle from back to front under the bar between stitches. Knit into the front of the loop you just created.

knitside to purlside  purl into back

M1LPW
To m1lpw (make one left, purlwise), insert the left needle from purlside to knitside under the bar between stitches. Purl into the back of the loop you just created.

purlside to knitside  front to back

M1RPW
To m1rpw (make one right, purlwise), insert the left needle from knitside to purlside under the bar between stitches. Purl into the front of the loop you just created.

knitside to purlside  purl front

So those are the four possible ways to do an m1 increase. By and large you’ll use the m1l most often, but it never hurts to have a few extra tricks up your sleeve!

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