Question about increases

I am making my first pair of mittens and it’s pretty basic (for me I should say) but there is one question I’m :wall: about. On the 4th row it says to k1 p1, increase 1 st in each of next 2 sts. k1 p1. knit to end of round.

Well I just figured since it didn’t say which increase to use that I’d do the knit into the front and the back of a stitch. Well all was fine until row 7. k1 p1 increase 1 st in next st. knit to 1 st before the purled st. increase 1 st in next st. k1 p1. knit to end of round.

Well this just doesn’t make any sense when I get there. I have like 3 or 4 purled stitches in the row and its making it sound like I should have only 2, one at the beginning and one towards the end.

I guess my question is should I use the M1B that Amy’s video shows? Scooping the yarn between the 2 needles and knitting into the back of it? What about the other side M1F? How do I know which increase to use??

After reading this post I have to say that if anyone can help me I’ll send you money. :wink:

Hi doglover, I replied to your PM, saying that you should do a KFB increase on row 7, which is true.

But after reading your question, I think your error probably occurred at row 4.
On the 4th row, you should do K1, P1, KFB, KFB, K1, P1, then knit all the rest of the stitches.
On the 5th and 6th rows, you should knit all the stitches except the 2 purls from the 4th row.
So at the beginning of the 7th row, you should only have 2 purls, which are at each end of the thumb placement. At this row, you will begin increases to make the thumb portion bigger.

I hope this answers your question.