Tuesday Morning Tips: Invisibility

I know you’ve been there, you want to do some shaping on your project, but you don’t want to disrupt the stitch pattern to do so. Here are some tricks I’ve learned to keep the shaping invisible.

Almost invisible knitting increase: I’ve heard this called a “lifted increase” as well as a “make one” The technique is to pick up the nearest leg of the stitch below the next one on the needle and knit (or purl) into it following the pattern.

Invisible Crochet decrease: Insert hook through the front leg of the next stitch, yarn over and pull through, then repeat with the following stitch. Treat the two loops you just pulled up as one, and complete the stitch in the pattern. (For example: sc- pull through all three loops on hook; hdc- pull through all four loops on hook; dc- pull through first three loops on hook, yarn over, then pull through last two loops.)

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