TGAAA KAL – Increasing & Decreasing Evenly

Wow, where has the time gone! I do apologize for the delay getting this post out.  I seem to live in the land of hopelessly over committed! LOL! I’ve been spending this past week or so digging my way out from under previous commitments.  Once I get caught up I will be able to devote more time to sharing interesting stuff with you and working on my own design ideas.

Caught up!  What a concept!  Does it ever really happen?!

I was going to do an elaborate post giving you the math about how to increase and decrease evenly for any project. You should know that I’m a bit lazy with math, I have to work at it a bit.  If it’s something that I use all the time, no problem!  Things I don’t use all the time take more effort and work and I just haven’t had the to time for the effort with all my commitments.  Searching for a quick answer, I started doing some research and found that others have already gone to the trouble of posting formulas and one website even has a calculator to do all the work for us!  So, I’m just going to post links for the ones I think most helpful.

The Knitting Fiend’s How to Increase Evenly – calculator (a great site – she apparently wrote the decrease calculator first then copied for the increase calculator page, adjusting the formulas but missed changing the words from decrease to increase so please don’t be confused. It’s awesome that she’s done the calculator for us for free!)

The Knitting Fiend’s How to Decrease Evenly – calculator

Full tutorial of How to Increase & Decease Evenly

For TGAAA square #6 the math is super simple!  We start with 48 and increase to 72 – a 24 stitch increase.  Since 24 is half of 48 it’s simple to see that we need to increase in every other stitch all the way across the row.  This is the simplest and I believe will work well since the increase is in the garter stitch section. I would use a M1 increase, it shouldn’t matter if it’s right or left since it’s only one row of increases.  Take a look at the video I’ve done on How to Make M1R and M1L Increases.  There are written instructions below the video.

A bit harder increase would be to make all the increases inside the garter stitch borders, over 42 stitches.  If you try to do this you will need to make two increases next to each other.  Not something that is recommended but can be done using right and left lifted (aka raised) increases or two Knit Front & Backs. I think the lifted/raised increases would be less visible. Theresa Vinson Stenersen did an excellent article with great photos for her Knitty column, Techniques with Theresa. Increases . The raised increase is the last increase she shows on the page.

As always, I hope this helps and please feel free to leave comments and ask questions either in the comment section or through my contact page.

I will endeavor to get on a regular writing schedule and post your photos of those finished squares this next week when I post Square #7.


Published by terraknit

I've been a fiber artist for over 40 years, ever since I first taught myself how to knit & crochet about the age of 11. Besides a love of the outdoors and reading, creating with fibers has been something I've returned to again and again. With this blog I hope to share with you what I've learned and continue to learn every day.

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