Make 1 Right (m1r) and Make 1 Left (m1l) Knitting Increases

Learn how to work the make 1 right (m1r) and make 1 left (m1l) increases. These right and left leaning increases add a stitch without leaving a large hole. They’re perfect for sweaters, socks, and anywhere else that you need paired or directional increases.

Make 1 right (m1r) and Make 1 left (m1l) increases tutorial

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Knit Picks Brava Yarn

For this tutorial, I am using Knit Picks Brava worsted weight yarn. Knit picks sent me this yarn to use for the Simply Sweet Raglan Baby Sweater KAL. Make 1 right and make 1 left are the increases that I used in that pattern.

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What is a Make 1 increase?

First of all, it’s an increase, which means you are adding a stitch. The make 1 increases are made by picking up and knitting the horizontal bar that falls between two stitches.

The direction in which you pick up that bar determines whether the increase will lean to the right or to the left.

Make 1 Right (m1r) increase

Insert your left needle, from back to front, under that horizontal bar.

pick up bar from back to front

Notice that you now have a short, diagonal leg in front and a long, horizontal leg in back.

Picked up bar for m1r

Knit through the short diagonal leg in front.

Knit through front leg

Notice how this makes the stitch twist – this is why it does not leave much of a gap when finished. I’m pulling on it a bit in this picture to try to show the twist, but you will notice in the video that after knitting a couple more stitches, that gap disappears. The m1r increase leans to the right.

Finished m1r

Make 1 Left (m1l) increase

Insert your left needle, from front to back, under the horizontal bar.

pick up bar from front to back

Notice that you now have a long, horizontal leg in the front and a short, diagonal leg in the back.

Picked up bar for m1l

Knit through the short, diagonal leg at the back.

Knit through back leg

Again, this forces the stitch to twist, closing the gap. The m1l increase leans to the left.

Finished m1l

Make 1 Right (m1r) and Make 1 Left (m1l) Video Tutorial

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A Note for Lefties

I am 100% right handed and absolutely hopeless at knitting left handed. But I was curious to see if the instructions would be the same for lefties. What I found is that if you follow these instructions, just swapping out your left and right hand, your increase will lean in the opposite direction.

Beyond that, the abbreviations get confusing. Some tutorials show a left handed m1r as a left leaning decrease and an m1l as a right leaning decrease, so that the instructions stay the same. Others switch the instructions so that if you want a m1r, you work it the same way as a right handed m1l.

This can all be very confusing, but no matter your definitions, the important thing is which way you want the stitch to lean. Here is a great m1r tutorial from Yarn Crafts for Lefties, and here is his m1l tutorial.

Make 1 right (m1r) and Make 1 left (m1l) increases tutorial

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