How to knit: increasing & decreasing

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Learn how to knit with these fun knitting instructions videos! Woman’s Weekly knitting expert Tina Egleton shows you step-by-step knitting for beginners with this how to increase and decrease video.

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How to knit: Increasing in knitting

Increase one stitch knitwise

  • Knit into the front of the stitch to be increased into, but don’t drop off the stitch off the left needle.
  • Instead insert the point of the right needle into the back of same stitch from right to left and knit this stitch again.
  • Slip original stitch off left needle.

Increase one stitch purlwise

  • Purl into the front of the stitch to be increased into but don’t drop the stitch off the left needle.
  • Instead insert the point of the right needle into the back of the same stitch from left to right and purl this stitch again.
  • Slip the original stitch off the needle.

How to knit: Decreasing in knitting

Knit two together

  • Insert the point of the right hand needle into the front of the second stitch.
  • Then again in front of the first stitch on the left needle and knit them together.
  • Drop original stitches off the left needle.

Purl two together

  • Insert the point of the right hand needle in front of the stitch
  • Then again into the second stitch on left needle and purl them together.
  • Drop both original stitches off the left hand needle.