it is difficult and easy:
if your increase is on the right side of your work (seen from the front / nice side of it) then you stretch “into the next pattern block”.
I mean: let’s stay with the 6 stitch repeat that Ingrid talked about.
You knit your pattern of repeats of 6.
Since you knit from the bottom up, please read the next few lines bottom up, you will see:
I use my knitting chart or instruction for knitting left to right:
654321 is the “name of my stitches”
now my rows look like this, when starting my increase in row 1 (row 0 is just showing what was there before:
row 12: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]654321[/COLOR]
row 11: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]654321[/COLOR]
row 10: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]65432[/COLOR]
row 9: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]65432[/COLOR]
row 8: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]6543[/COLOR]
row 7: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]6543[/COLOR]
row 6: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]654[/COLOR]
row 5: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]654[/COLOR]
row 4: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]65[/COLOR]
row 3: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]65[/COLOR]
row 2: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]6[/COLOR]
row 1: 654321[COLOR=“Red”] 6[/COLOR]
row 0: 654321
so, you can already see the increase.
Now let’s say that your pattern would go like this (read in knitting direction from left to right):
k1 skp yo yo k2tog k1
then after one increase you would work:
k1 skp yo yo k2tog k1 [COLOR=“red”]k1[/COLOR]
after 2 increases you would work
k1 skp yo yo k2tog k1 [COLOR=“red”]k1 [B]k1[/B][/COLOR]
here comes the exception: if your pattern (and it looks like that) uses increases and decreases, you can not always follow the chart totally. That is because every increase needs a decrease and vice versa. Only then the stitch count will stay what it needs to be.
So if you come to a spot, where the first stitch would be changing the stitch count (because the matching other is missing), then just “fit it in”, meaning, make a knit or purl stitch, depending on the look of your piece, to make it “disappear”.
k1 skp yo yo k2tog k1 [COLOR=“red”]k1 skp yo[/COLOR]
k1 skp yo yo k2tog k1 [COLOR=“red”]k1 skp yo [B]k1[/B][/COLOR]
(knit 1 because of the same thing as above)
sorry, I do not have YOUR pattern, so I can not give that instruction. But the one above is one, I am working right now. Therefore I can tell about that (well, mine is a good bit more complicated, but that is not what this is about).
some people do not like to do a yo at the beginning or end of a row (because it is harder to work for some and because of the edging) if you decide not to do yo at the edge, then contine to add k1 until you can make a part of the pattern happen that is fully “on the fabric” without different stitch count or “corner yo”.
does this make it a little more clear? I hope so.
For increases on the other side (the left side of the fabric) you work your way into the next pattern block by doing [COLOR=“red”]1[/COLOR] 654321, [COLOR=“red”]21 [/COLOR]654321 and so on. The same rules apply.
Don’t worry. I would consider this one of the hardest things in knitting patterns. So, you master this, you do it all!