Doing a M1 without a hole in your work

Ok, so this is probably something you all know but I’ll share anyways.

When you’re knitting (especially sleeves) and there is a gradual increase in width, this is more than likely done using a M1 instruction (make one).

To do this without leaving a hole:

pick up loop which lies before next stitch (from the front) and place on the left-hand needle (make sure you bring the yarn that’s on the right side of the needle over the left hand needle.

knit into the BACK of this loop, this will twist the loop and prevent a hole from appearing in your work.

This is also called a M1L (make one left).

When paired with matching M1Rs, it can help "shape " your garment more effectively.
ex. When knitting a sleeve in the round, place M1R and M1L on either side of the underarm “seam” to produce a steady/even increase in sleeve width.
ex. When knitting a sleeve flat, place M1R and M1L on either end of the row. They will then be brought together and paired up when you do your seaming.

it also works to do a “reverse loop.” on a knit row, you would yo from back to front, then purl as usual on the return side. no holes!

I knit in the eastern style meaning that I am always working through the back loop. I will knit on the regular way, then make another knit stitch the continental method and voila two stitches from one. I use this a lot when making increases in caps where you don’t want a YO making a hole.

AngelaR, if you are knitting into the same stitch, like I believe you are, without taking it off the needle, in western knitting this would be a knit front and back (KFB, knit into front loop and then into back loop) increase. I think you’re describing the reverse, knitting the ‘back loop’ first and then the ‘front loop’ of the same stitch.

This is my favourite increase when a a specific increase isn’t detailed and sometimes, depending on the work, even when one is.

I find that M1(L/R), no matter how it’s worked, leaves what I think is too noticeable a gap and, unavoidably, it tugs on the stitches to either side of it. I avoid M1(L/R) increases whenever I can.

There are a few things you can do in order to avoid a hole when doing the M1L and M1R increase. One important thing is to make the new stitch slightly looser because if it is even slightly too tight it will pull up the bar making a hole under it despite the bar being being twisted. I also get better result by just using the tip of the left needle so the bar is not getting unnecessary stretched.