M1

When a pattern says to “m1”, are you always supposed to “insert the left needle under the bar between stitches, and knit through the back of the loop”??

Amy’s videos describe oodles of different variations… M1L, M1R, M1B, M1F, M1T, M1A…

In the past, I’ve always “K1F&B”…

Is the outcome the same for these two stitches, or have I been WRONG AGAIN?? :frog:

BTW… I’ve started my first pair of Clogs (seems to be the KN initiation project). I’ve had to re-start SEVEN times because the phone keeps ringing, or the dog runs into the room & pulls away my yarn, or I goof up, etc…

I used the M1 you described when I made my clogs…I’m not positive if it matters, but everyone kept telling me to trust the pattern! SO while I prefer Kf&B, I used M1s throughout.

The cool thing was, in the beginning I dreaded the increases. I had such a hard time with M1…but the more I did, the better I got. Now I don’t mind M1 at all! :smiley:

The outcome is the same, it’s an increase, but the effect is different. M1 increases are less visible, but more difficult, as you have to be careful to really get into the back loop of that stitch. It’s twisted up there, tight to the needle and takes some maneuvering.

If something says ‘increase’, knitting into the front and back is the simplest way to go. If it says M1, the pattern is calling for a tighter increase.

But, sometimes a pattern says M1 on general principle. If I don’t feel it will make a difference to me, I do an easier one.

Thanks…
Makes perfect sense!!!