M1 which way?!

Hi. I’m new here and SOOO grateful to have found this site!! What a great place!!

I’m so confused about the M1 stitch, my head could explode, but then, I do have a tendency to overcomplicate things.

I have a Rowan sweater pattern and the instructions read “M1”. Now, I consulted my “Knitting for Dummies” and they give 2 examples: M1R and M1L, but the pattern doesn’t specify. I’ve looked in other How To books and they only give instruction for the M1L, but they don’t specify that it leans left. They just say “Here is what a M1 looks like”. How am I supposed to know which one to use when, and why don’t more places specify that there is more than one kind of M1? (Gee, can you tell I haven’t been doing this long?) I’m so frustrated. :crying:

Would someone please advise me?

a couple of questions down, is a link to Amy’s video. If it doesn’t specifiy…I think I would just do the “normal” M1. Lift the bar, and knit into the front of the stitch. What would others do??? :slight_smile:

I would lift the bar and knit into the back of the stitch. I think knitting into the front would cause a small hole. Take a peek at Amy’s videos for 2 ways to M1 and see which one you think will look best on your sweater. You can find them under the “incs” section here.

Thanks for the advice. I have checked out her videos to make sure I’m doing this right–they have been incredibly helpful, and so have you.

Thank you so much!! :happydance:

i was wondering the exact same thing about making my own M1’s. turns out i’ve been doing them the M1F way - which is the correct way according to the videos (whew!). thank you! :slight_smile: