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by Laura Chau July 19, 2019

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Welcome to the Inverleith KAL! We're knitting Inverleith, a boxy tee with beautiful drape and a novel construction, between July 15 and September 16, 2019. Jump in anytime and join us on the Ravelry forums for discussion, questions, and chat. Tag your Ravelry project with #inverleithkal to be entered for prize drawing in September! 

So you've swatched, chosen a needle size, and a size to make - time to cast on!

Circular knitting needle with long tail cast on

Since the first row worked is a purl row on the wrong side (WS), I cast on using the long-tail method. This method produces the equivalent of a backwards loop cast on and a knitted row, so it’s very stable and easy to work into on the first row.

Circular knitting needle with 1 row of knitting and stitch markers

Purl the first row, placing markers. You're now ready to work the first RS row.

Left Lifted Increase (LLI)

The very first increase row is a little bit tricky, so let’s take a look at it together.

One knitted stitch on the right needle

Knit the first stitch. You will be working the increase stitch to the left of this knitted stitch - this is a Left Lifted Increase (LLI).

Identify the row below the right needle

Using your fingers, open the stitch column slightly to identify the row below the one on your needle.

Insert the left needle tip down into the back of this stitch

Insert the left needle tip into the purl bump below and behind the stitch just worked, and lift this strand onto the left needle.

Lift the strand onto the left needle

The leading edge of the increase should be on the right.

Knit into the pulled up loop

Knit into this stitch normally.

Two stitches knitted.

Increase complete. There are 2 stitches before the first marker.

Right Lifted Increase (RRI)

Identify the right side of the stitch below the left needle

Next we’re going to work an increase into the right side of the next stitch, before working the stitch itself - this is a Right Lifted Increase (RLI).

Insert the right needle into the edge of the stitch

I’ve taken off the stitch marker just so it’s easier to see. Insert the right needle tip into the right half of the stitch directly below the left needle.

Pull out the right side of the stitch slightly to elongate the loop

Open this stitch slightly and place this loop onto the left needle.

Knit into this loop.

Knit into this stitch and replace the stitch marker if you've removed it. There should now be 3 stitches before your first marker.

At the end of the row

At the end of the row, work a left increase followed immediately by a right increase.

At the end of the first row, you'll need to work a left increase followed by a right increase before the last stitch. I've removed the marker so it's easier to see.

Use the left needle to lift out the stitch 2 rows below the right needle.

Insert the left needle tip down into the second purl bump behind the right needle and lift it onto the left needle. Knit this stitch.

Insert the right needle tip into the base of the last stitch to work the LLI.

The last RRI of the row looks a little odd, but it'll work! Insert the right needle tip into the right side of the stitch below the last stitch.

Place this loop on the left needle.

Place this loop on the left needle.

Knit into the stitch.

Knit into this loop.

There are 3 stitches after the last marker.

Knit the last stitch. There are 3 stitches after the last marker.

Right Lifted Increase Purl (RRLP)

On the wrong side row, purl to the marker.

On the wrong side, purl to the marker. The first increase is worked before the first marker.

The increase will be worked into the purl bump directly below the left needle.

The increase will be worked into the purl bump directly below the left needle.

Lift the purl bump onto the needle with the leading edge on the right.

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.

Purl into this loop and replace the marker if you've removed it.

Left Lifted Increase Purl (LLIP)

The increase is worked into the second purl bump down from the right needle.

Work to the next marker and slip it. The increase will be worked into the second purl bump down from the right needle.

Lift the purl bump onto the left needle.

Insert the left needle tip into the purl bump from below and lift it onto the needle.

Purl into the loop.

Purl into this loop.

Completed left lifted increase on the purl side.

Complete left lifted increase on the purl side.

Inverleith neck edge increases

If video suits you better, Ysolda has recorded a video 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.

Next time - dividing the sleeves.
Don't forget to join us on the Ravelry forums and tag your Ravelry project with #inverleithkal to be entered for prize drawing in September!

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Laura Chau

Laura is a Canadian knitter, designer, and editor.



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