Knitting Increases: M1R and M1L

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Knitting Increases 101: What is M1R and M1L?

M1R stands for  “make one right” and M1L stands for “make one left. They are standard knitting increases used in knitting patterns for elements of shaping.

When you make a M1R or M1L, you effectively increase your stitch count by one.

The make one right and make one left knitting increses are one of those techniques you will need to know if you plan to work a project that requires shaping. This include projects such as hats and clothing. I’ve come across this stitch in crochet patterns many times – so much that I’ve added it to my list of “must knows” for beginners. The good news? It’s incredibly easy to knit. There are several knitting increases and we’ll cover those in the coming weeks but let’s start with the most common.

In this tutorial, we’re going to practice a M1R (make one right) and M1L (make one left). You’ll only need a few yards of yarn to practice with and a pair of knitting needles that coordinate with your yarn. Knit a few rows so you have some work to practice with.

My Recommendations

  • Bernat Beyond Yarn
  • Hiya Hiya, size US 10.5 Knitting Needles

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Knitting Increases: How to M1R and M1L (Make One) with Brittany


This tutorial is available in a left handed version. Click below to be directed to the left handed demonstration on my YouTube channel.

How to M1R and M1L (Make One) Left Handed with Brittany

This is one of those techniques you will need to master. I personally find it easiest to work the make one right and make one left using the American knitting style (holding the yarn in my dominant hand). My best piece of advice is to practice as much as possible and maybe even train yourself to work the M1R and M1L in the American knitting style like I have.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below.

Bye for now!

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