there are several different types of increases.
Make 1’s :[/I][/B]
lifted bar make ones
EZ simple loop (cast on 1) make ones
there are [/B][/I]
Kfb (knit in front and back of stitch)
K&P in a stitch (almost identical)
[I][B]there are lifted/raised increases[/B][/I]
(knit into stitch below, then the stitch on needle OR/knit into the ‘cap’ (top) of the purl on previous row, then knit the stitch–and the reverse is a bit of a PITA, but it does exist)
there are also YO’s [/I][/U][/B]
These leave very definite holes… (and are not always suitable for basic increases)
There are other increases[/I][/B] (less common ones)
which increase should you use?[/B]
when not specified, use the one you like best!
I tend, (by personal preference) to like the Lifted/raised increase… and when left to my own choice, i use this.
(this increase has a left and right version, and the left version is “fiddlee” (and not the easiest)
my second favorite increase is the EZ (cast on/make a simple twisted loop) increase (and again, this comes in right and left have “flavors”)
BUT these are just my choices… my favorites.
which increase should you use? which ever one you want.
just pick one and stick with it.
as for knitting in the front and back of each stitch… its easier to do, than to explain.
Knit into a stitch (normally!)
BUT don’t let the “old” stitch fall off needle.
then knit into it again.
(only… if you just knit again, you’ll get a double yarn wrap, not two stitches.)
SO, knit into the back of the stitch (this will twist the loop, and make a small purl like bump on the front of the work.)
after you’ve knit into the back (and yes, it will be tight and awkward!) let the stitch fall of the needle.
(is that the whole of the directions for row 1?–the math doesn’t make sense…)