my first time - knitting a sweater, anyway

i am knitting my first sweater - a simple raglan sleeve that a friend said was a good first project - and so far it's working up well - i just have a question about inc - all inc are worked on the ws (purl) rows - the only purl inc i know is purl in front and back - will this work (it makes teeny tiny holes) or is there a better method? - i've looked online and haven't really found one


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That should work okay for you, Scott. Another great resource for increases on top down raglans is Barbara Walker's Knitting from the Top. She presents 10 to 12 different methods, each having a particular look. They can be worked top down or bottom up. Slightly different appearance but not major. Hope your end product turns out just like you want. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Asplund's picture

You could try lifting the strand between two stitches on the previous row onto the left needle and then purl it - should be done through back loop (to prevent a hole.) Let me know if you need a better explanation!
Or if you're more comfortable increasing on the right side, you could move the increases to that side. Good luck!

TheKnittingMill's picture

Check out They have a few examples of increases you can use on the purl side and it has a video exemplifying the increase Asplund described. Hope that helps.

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