October 21, 2021
Lifted increases, also known as raised increases, are created by picking up a loop from a previously created stitch in the row. Lifted increases are subtle and easy to work, making them a great choice for increasing invisibly. When working top down, such as for Glenmoreand The Porty Hat, the stitches between the increases create a lovely defined line.
Scroll down for a video tutorial.
The Right Lifted increase is worked into the righthand side of a stitch, and is often used before a stitch marker.
Work in pattern to the increase. You will be working the increase stitch into the right side of the next stitch, before working the stitch itself- this is a Right Lifted Increase (RLI).
Insert the right needle tip into the right half of the stitch directly below the left needle.
Open this stitch slightly and place this loop onto the left needle.
Knit into this stitch normally.
Purl to where you need to increase.
The increase will be worked into the purl bump directly below the left needle.
You can purl directly into the loop if you wish, or lift it onto the left needle with the leading edge on the right. Purl into this loop.
The Left Lifted increase is worked into the lefthand side of a stitch, and is often used after a stitch marker.
Using your fingers, open the stitch column slightly to identify the row two rows below the stitch on your right needle.
Insert the left needle tip into the purl bump below and behind the stitch just worked, and lift this strand onto the left needle.
Knit into this stitch.
Purl to where you need to work the increase. The LLIP will be worked into the second purl bump down from the right needle.
Insert the left needle tip into the purl bump from below and lift it onto the needle.
Purl into this loop.
If video suits you better, here's a tutorial we made illustrating these increases. You may well find watching the video and then looking at the still photos works best for you.
lifted increases from Ysolda Teague on Vimeo.
With right and left lifted increases in your personal stitch dictionary, you can substitute lifted increases for m1s or other types of increases whenever you like!
Check out some of our patterns with lifted increases: Glenmore and Inverleith.
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