Inc. as to k

I always "struggle" with increases. When a pattern calls for Inc. as to k unless otherwise specified, what way of increasing do I use? Someone once told me to do kfb to increase which never made sense to me when I was a combination knitter but makes much more sense now that I knit continental. However, I want to make sure I increase properly. Your thoughts?


I usually do a KFB.

mrhugzzz's picture

Hey Robert,

I teach a group on Sundays and we put up a post afterwards on what we did that day. It just so happens, last Sunday we did increases. Usually, if a pattern just says inc they mean to knit into the front and back of the stitch. The thing is, with knitting, once you know the rules you can break them. Here's the link to check out the post if you want to learn a few different ways to increase:

Hugzzz 8-)

ivmanrob's picture

I'll start off by saying that I knit Continental style almost exclusively. I often use kfb to do increases because it's so easy. I also use EZ's method making a backward loop, as shown at If you do it well, it's almost invisible.

The thing I don't always like about kfb is that there is an inevitable little purl bump made when you knit in the back of the stitch, especially noticeable in a field of stockinette. If there are symmetric increases done at regular intervals, it's not too bad looking - like on sleeves - where it can look almost like a design feature.

Just some thoughts.

Rob, the ivman

MMario's picture

This has some other names, but it is what I would use if I ran across an "incrcrease as to knit"

lift the strand between your stitches with the tip of the left needle, from the back. This will lie across the needle with the front leg to the left, and the back leg to the right
Knit into it so your needle tip passes to the left of the front leg back and to the right of the back leg. it will twist the loop so you aren't making a yarnover.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

ronhuber's picture

I agree with Mario. I think the increase he describes is the usual increase called for in patterns. There are also right leaning and left leaning variations. EZ's M1 is also quite good and fast and she also has variations. I, too, use the Kfb because it is so visible. You can easily count the rows between increases with it and I also like to use it as a design element in top down raglans and in making gussets on one colour mittens. Also if knitting garter or in the round I often use a YO and then knit into the back of it when I encounter it on the next row.

Tallguy's picture

There are many ways to do an increase. I have done them all, and use whichever is appropriate for THIS project. I have used the kfb sometimes, and it works well in garter stitch, but NOT in st st. For that, I prefer the stitch below for a clean, smooth imperceptible increase. But each to his own, I guess.
It's all explained here:

kylewilliam's picture

I don't know if it's the same as any of the other suggestions on here, but if the row below is the same color, I'll lift the stitch below the next one to be worked and knit it as my "increase" - it seems to work well... I can't tell you right now if I knit through the back or not... I honestly am not sure... but try it - it works :)



TheKnittingMill's picture

That's my favorite increase when working on stockinette too! It's quick, easy and virtually invisible.