Best Increase after Corrugated Ribbing?

Hi there,

I just finished my first corrugated ribbing part of my first fair isle vest by Kevin Ames. It says to increase evenly after that in the dark color. I was wondering what the best kind of increase would be to use?

kfb would leave a bump
m1 would bring the color up
and I can think of elizabeth zimmerman’s twisted loop.

What do you all think?


Pinecone's picture

Hey Kenny,

I've used techknitting's "nearly invisible increase" before. Here's the link:

I am not sure it avoids the problem you have with M1 (i.e., bringing the last row's color up). Would it be possible to first knit a plain row in the new color after the corrugated ribbing and then use the nearly invisible increase? Just a thought. I hope you find a good solution and post your fair isle vest here so we can admire it.


QueerJoe's picture

In fingering weight yarn, I would just do a standard M1. In the grand scheme of things, any small lift of color isn't going to show and if it's a big concern, I would try to match my increase color yarn with the M1 color from the row below (even if the increases weren't evenly spaced).

ronhuber's picture

Are you using Kevin Ames's pattern from "Sweaters from Camp"? I think in the technique section of the book they discuss increases and when and how to use them. Of course, M1, to Elizabeth Zimmermann was a backward loop over the needle. The bump from the Kfb would not be noticeable as it would be in the first row after the ribbing. The M1 discussed by Joe would not be noticeable if, as he says, you only increased when there is a dark colour below. I always use EZ's as it is the easiest and the most honest of the three mentioned.

Nigel Pottle

I just discovered EZ's Twisted Loop and I think it would work well for you here. It's really exactly like a m1 in the strand between the stitches but is in the same row as the knitting, rather than being below it. I have been using it since my step-daughter taught it to me about a month or two ago. I even figured out a way to put it on the needle as if I were knitting rather than stopping and manipulating the yarn separately. Maybe it's time I put the method I developed on my blog. Will work on that tomorrow.

Nigel Pottle