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Increasing and Decreasing

Increasing

Make your knitting wider by adding stitches. You can create an additional stitch on the loom at side edges, or inside the row.

1. Take the previous stitch from the first peg on the back board to the adjacent empty peg.

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2. Then take the previous stitch from the front board and move to the adjacent empty peg. You have increased your knitting by one stitch.

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To increase the knitting at additional points of the knitted piece, you will move the stitches out to either or both sides, creating empty pins where the increase will occur.  Once you have moved all the loops to expose the empty pins, create the new stitch by picking up the previous row stitch from an adjacent stitch and place on the empty pin. Be sure that you have enough empty pins on your knitting board to accommodate the increase of stitches before starting the project.

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Note: If  desired, you can increase in one row from both ends of the boards, thus increasing the knitting by 2 stitches

 

Decreasing

Make your knitting narrower by reducing stitches. Decrease at each end of your loom, in the center, or anywhere along the way in order to reduce the amount of stitches and shape your knitting. Two stitches will be knit together creating an empty pin. Then the stitches will move over to close the empty pins, working a smaller amount of stitches. This can be done whenever needed or when indicated in pattern.

1. Move stitch from the desired peg (peg 3) to the adjacent peg on the back board. Peg 3 is now empty.

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2. Then move same stitch on the front board to the adjacent peg.

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3. Move the outside stitches over to fill the empty pins. The knitting is now decreased by 1 stitch. When hooking over your next row, be sure to work the peg with 2 stitches as 2 loops over 1.

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