Knitting Tutorial: Open Bar or Open Make 1 Increase

Knitting Video Tutorial: Learn how to do an open bar increase, also known as a the open make 1, make 1 open and decorative raised increase
Usually when you are increasing stitches in your knitting you want the increase to be inconspicuous. However, there are times when you want an increase to be decorative, design element. Hence, the open bar increase, or open make 1, or make 1 open, or decorative raised increase. (Why do knitters give stitches so many different names?)

Before You Begin

This method can also be used if you forgot to do a yarn over in your work and you don't want to tink, or un-knit, back to the problem. Just be aware that the eyelet created by the open bar increase is slightly smaller than a yarn over eyelet.

Materials

Thanks to Skacel for providing the CoBaSi by HiKoo yarn and addi Natura Olivewood Circular Needles used in this tutorial. These products are available locally at many yarn shops and online at Makers' Mercantile.

Open Bar Increase

Recommended Pattern

Ready to try this technique in a pattern? The Wallflower Sweater Pattern shown in this lesson has videos to help you learn more about:
  • The Importance of Swatching
  • Tracking Progress in Complex Knitting Patterns
  • Open Bar Increase (a.k.a. Open Make 1 Increase)
  • Decrease Slant and Stitch Charts - 3 Helpful Tips
  • Smocked, or Tied, Stitches
  • Dividing the Body and Casting On Underarm Stitches for Top Down Sweaters
  • Picking Up Underarm Stitches for a Gap Free Sleeve
  • Suspended Bind Off (Purlwise)
Wallflower Sweater Knitting Pattern: Learn how to do an open bar increase, also known as a the open make 1, make 1 open and decorative raised increase

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Knitting Tutorial: Open Bar or Open Make 1 Increase
Learn how to do an open bar increase, also known as a the open make 1, make 1 open and decorative raised increase.
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