Knit Inc Sampler Squares Lesson 2: Lifted Increase Left and Right

Knitting Increase Tutorial: Learn how to form a Lifted Increase Left (LIL) and Lifted Increase Right (LIR)
One of my favorite ways to increase a stitch in knitting is called the lifted increase. For me, this is the method that is the easiest to remember and manipulate.

Before You Begin

If you would like more information about this project or need help casting on, here's where you can get started with the Knit Inc Sampler Squares series

Materials

Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted 45 Soft Sage

Thanks to Ewe Ewe Yarns for providing all of the colorful Wooly Worsted yarn I'm knitting with in this series. Also, thanks to Skacel for providing the DPNs used in this series. They are available locally at many yarn shops and online at Makers' Mercantile.

Printable Lessons and Block Patterns

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Lesson 2

Think of the rows of stitches as generations. The row of new stitches being formed are the “child” stitches. The row you are working into are the “parent” stitches. The row below the parents are the “grandparents”.

Lifted Increase Left (LIL)

How to Knit a Lifted Increase Left (LIL)
Locate the previous child, parent and grandparent sts. Insert the LEFT needle from back to front under the LEFT leg of the grandparent stitch. Knit through the back loop of the lifted stitch dropping the lifted stitch off the left needle. Notice the new child and previous parent both emerge from the grandparent.

Tip - Always give the grandparents a lift.

Remember - Lift the LEFT leg with the LEFT needle for an increase that slants LEFT.

Lifted Increase Right (LIR)

How to Knit a Lifted Increase Right (LIR)
Locate the next parent and grandparent. Insert the RIGHT needle from back to front under the RIGHT leg of the grandparent stitch and place the lifted stitch onto the left needle without twisting. Knit the stitch dropping the lifted stitch off the left needle. Notice the next parent and new child both emerge from the grandparent.

Tip -  Always give the grandparents a lift.

Remember - Lift the RIGHT leg with the RIGHT needle for an increase that slants RIGHT.

Block Patterns

Block 3

Knit Inc Sampler Squares Block 3

The lifted increases slant AWAY FROM the diagonals of the square.

CO 12.

Rnd 1 and all odd Rnds: k all sts.
Rnd 2: [k1, LIL, k1, LIR, k1] 4 times.
Rnd 4: [k1, LIL, k3, LIR, k1] 4 times.
Rnd 6: [k1, LIL, k5, LIR, k1] 4 times.
Rnd 8: [k1, LIL, k7, LIR, k1] 4 times.
Rnd 10: [k1, LIL, k9, LIR, k1] 4 times.
Rnd12: [k1, LIL, k11, LIR, k1] 4 times.
Rnd 14: [k1, LIL, k13, LIR, k1] 4 times.
Rnd 16: [k1, LIL, k15, LIR, k1] 4 times.
Rnd 18: [k1, LIL, k17, LIR, k1] 4 times.

BO.

Notice - When the lifted increases slant AWAY FROM the diagonals, the diagonal ridge narrow.

Block 4

Knit Inc Sampler Squares Block 4

The lifted increases slant TOWARD the diagonals of the square.

CO 12.

Rnd 1 and all odd Rnds: k all sts.
Rnd 2: [k1, LIR, k1, LIL, k1] 4 times.
Rnd 4: [k1, LIR, k3, LIL, k1] 4 times.
Rnd 6: [k1, LIR, k5, LIL, k1] 4 times.
Rnd 8: [k1, LIR, k7, LIL, k1] 4 times.
Rnd 10: [k1, LIR, k9, LIL, k1] 4 times.
Rnd 12: [k1, LIR, k11, LIL, k1] 4 times.
Rnd 14: [k1, LIR, k13, LIL, k1] 4 times.
Rnd 16: [k1, LIR, k15, LIL, k1] 4 times.
Rnd 18: [k1, LIR, k17, LIL, k1] 4 times.

BO.

Notice - When the lifted increases slant TOWARD the diagonals, the diagonal ridge is wider.

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Knitting Increase Tutorial: Learn how to form a Lifted Increase Left (LIL) and Lifted Increase Right (LIR)
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