# What does increase 1 stitch each end of next row mean?

This entire paragraph has me flummoxed! What does increase 1 stitch each end of next row actually mean in English?

This is how I read it but something about it doesn’t feel right:

• work 4 rows in stocking stitch ( 31 stitches, the same as I casted on)
-start of the next row (not the end?) Increase 1 stitch ( 32 stitches)
• work 9 rows in stocking stitch (32 stitches)
-increase 1 stitch at start of next row (33 stitches)
• and following 10th row (34stitches)
-repeat the whole process from work 4 rows all over 1 more time…
• work 4 rows (34 stitches)
-increase 1 stitch start next row (35 stitches (
-work 9 more rows (35 stitches)
• next row increase 1more stitch at start (36 stitches)
• following 10th row increase one more stitch (37 stitches)

My stitch count seems correct but it’s seems too many rows to me, my 10th row is more like an 11th row and in total I will have knitted a total of 32 rows since I changed to my larger needles this doesn’t seem right.

I should note I have done away with the stripes for now so as not to complicate things.

It means that you will increase at the beginning AND the end of that row.

Which size are you making?? That will help with the answer.

Thanks
Knitcindy

Here is what you will do:

Change needle size and knit 4 rows in stocking stitch
Increase at beginning AND end of next row
Knit 9 rows in stocking stitch
Increase at beginning AND end of next row
Knit 9 rows in stocking stitch
Increase at beginning and end of next row

You should have 37 stitches now.

Knitcindy

Thanks Cindy. So the rows where I am increasing at the beginning and the end is that the first row in the group of 9 I am knitting or is this row in addition to these 9 rows? I’m knitting the smallest size. Thanks so much for your help. All of the other stuff I haven’t been getting has been obvious once explained but this one I would never have worked out it was at the start and end of the row.

You will do it like you did it before.

Increase at the beg and end of the row
Then knit 9 more rows

Knitcindy

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Thank you!

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Ok so I have gotten as far as knitting the first set of 9 rows in stocking stitch now I have come to the next increase which I count as the 10th row, I have worked this row which is a knit row. But I am still confused with the wording "Inc 1 stitch each end of next row ( I have done this, surely the next row after working 9 is 10 but then it says AND following 10th row, does this mean the row after the 10th row I do another increase both ends, this will be a purl row all other increasing was done on knots) then it says repeat 1 more time, I known you said to repeat from the set of 9 but this doesn’t make sense because after completing the set of 9 I will need to increase again… making my stitch count wrong. I’m so sorry I just can’t seem to get my head around this!

Go back up to where i spelled out exactly what to do with each row. Just follow that exactly from Row to row. If you do that you will end up with 37 stitches.

I don’t know how to explain why they work, but they do.

Knitcindy

You’re very close to getting this. As knitcindy said there are 2 increases per increase row, one at the beginning of the row and one at the end of the row.

Following the outline you first gave:
work 4 rows in stocking stitch ( 31 stitches, the same as I casted on)
-start of the next row increase one stitch and end of the row increase one stitch ( 33 stitches)
work 9 rows in stocking stitch (33 stitches)
-increase 1 stitch at start of next row and one stitch at the end of the row (35 stitches)
work 9 rows in st st (35sts)
-increase 1 stitch at start of next row and one stitch at the end of the row (37 stitches)

Pattern reading gets easier with each one you do. You’ll get better and better.

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Hi I hope you don’t give up on knitting altogether!!! Keep going with your project or start a simpler one.

While it can get frustrating at times, it’s all worth it once you conquer the hard parts!

Keep at it!!
Knitcindy

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Thank you so much, yes this makes sense now! Goodness me I feel so stupid, I want to blame baby brain and lack of sleep but I have always struggled with stuff like this! I really want to finish this project it was only a couple of weeks until winter down here in New Zealand I am determined my baby won’t have to wear man made fibres to keep warm! Thank you thank you thank you!

Come back anytime. We all know what it’s like to struggle with patterns and pattern language.

Hi there. I just wanted to update you and let you know that I finally finished my jersey! It ended up being too small for baby which I could see way before I finished but I wanted to complete it. I think it was too small partly because it took me so long and partly because of my tension. Anyway I just wanted to thank all those who helped me and for your patience with my confusion!

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That’s an adorable sweater. It’ll fit some baby I’m sure. Very nicely done.

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It came out beautifully!! I’m so glad u finished AND posted a picture! Babies grow so fast, don’t they?

Congrats on the new baby and the new sweater!!
Knitcindy

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Thank you so much for all your help!

That’s gorgeous. Well done on perservering and turning out such an excellent piece of work!

Gillian

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Thank you Gillian! It was fun as well as a challenge what more could you want from a craft project

What a swell job you did!