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Hi all,

I am a new (sock) knitter! This week I started and finished my first pair of socks (top down in heavy yarn and big needles to hurry up and learn the techniques). Today I cast on another pair of top-down socks and I will be flying for over 12 hours this Thursday, so I hope to get a lot of knitting done in that time! But I am also experimenting with toe-up socks in heavy yarn and thick needles, because of all the beautiful free patterns on knitpicks!

Now... I ran into one problem. I do not understand the difference between M1R and M1L. Could one of you explain it to me please? I checked out the tutorial on knitpicks, but I still don't understand...


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To make your increase slant to the left, you pick up the bar between your sts with your left needle by going in from the front. Then you knit into the strand on your needle through the back of the st, or behind the left needle. This will give you a twisted st, rather than leaving a hole. This is an M1L.
To make an increase slant to the right, you pick up the bar between your sts with the left needle by going in from the back. Then you knit into the strand on your needle through the front of the st, or in front of the left needle. It will be hard to get the right needle in there, but that means you're doing it right. It will give you a twisted st, too, but twisted in the opposite direction. This is an M1R. Anyone have anything to add? Any tips for doing this?
This actually really helps, because I was thinking I was doing something wrong because I couldn't get my right needle in very easily. Thank you
I find the M1R hard to do because once you pick up the bar, the right needle just doesn't want to go in from the front as if to knit--that's a sign that you're doing it right because you want it to be twisted in the end. I find it helpful to first loosen the picked up bar by inserting the needle from the right as if to purl and then pulling the needle out, leaving the picked up bar looped away from the left hand needle a bit, and then inserting the right hand needle and knitting as usual. It's still a tight squeeze, and I always have to be careful not to split the yarn on the back side of the picked up bar.

Does that help or just make it more confusing? :)
I think that's a good suggestion, Sarah!
Peggy, thank you for this explanation -- it was most helpful for me.
People, I'm glad it helped. It took me a long time to get where I could remember it.
Well, this is interesting. I just ripped the starts of two toe up socks because I couldn't GET the backward loop M1R & M1L. I can see the photos, but my brain must be foggy. They didn't make any sense. Would there be a problem if I used this method instead? Help someone! ☺ E.
For my last toe-up socks, I did kfb. It looks OK.
I always have trouble with the M1 increases. I frequently use kfb instead. It does leave a purl bump on the front side, but I don't find that a problem.
The little line of bumps is a design feature!
What is a kfb?
Knit as normal (through the front), then, without taking the st off the left needle, move the right needle over and around, and K again in the back of the same st. You end up with two sts. It does leave a little bump, so if you want your increases to be almost invisible, the M1 is better.


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