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December 30, 2005

That Crazy Starmore Increase

I've tried so many times to explain this increase in emails. Since I have some extra time this week I thought I'd take a few pics instead.

This increase -- the centered double increase -- was first written about in Starmore's Aran Knitting. She uses it in other arans as well, and you'll see it in many designers' patterns now. Jenna Wilson's Rogue and Jodi Green's Mariah both use this increase.

Here's my attempt to explain it. I hope it's helpful to some of you!

note: all images are clickable to bring up a larger size.


First, knit into the back of the stitch AND LEAVE IT ON THE LEFT HAND NEEDLE.


Now, knit into the front of the stitch and slip the stitch off your left hand needle. You have now made 2 stitches. Just one more to go!


This next step is the hardest -- but it's really not hard. If you look closely right in between the 2 stitches you just made you'll see a strand of yarn that's going vertical between the two. It's actually the left leg of the stitch you just knit into in the steps above. I've drawn it in red -- click to enlarge and you'll see.


Here's the stitch picked up with my cable needle. I promise if you look you'll see it!


Now, take that strand and place it on your left hand needle.Knit into the front of the stitch (the way you would normally knit a stitch). You may struggle with this a bit, and you might find it easier to pull on the stitch a bit to stretch it first. Knitting this third stitch should be a little bit difficult though -- that means it will be tight and not form any holes.


After knitting it slip the stitch off your left hand needle and you're done! You've made three stitches out of one!

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How timely - I'm just about to start Rogue. Thanks for the photos.

Posted by: Theresa | Dec 30, 2005 9:31:00 AM

Thanks. Very clear! I to am planning Rogue in the near future. So far, my yarn hasn't come yet.

Posted by: Barb | Dec 30, 2005 10:40:08 AM

Thank you!
Have great new year.
I'll think of you when I stop by Rosie's and Loop tomorrow. :D

Posted by: isel | Dec 30, 2005 11:13:17 AM

Crazy. Great explanation!

Posted by: Mary Beth | Dec 30, 2005 11:39:13 AM

Thanks so much for confirming for me that this "strand" is actually the leg of one of the stitches. I've just recently started Rogue, and had no problem seeing what I was supposed to pick up and knit, but it really bugged me that the directions seemed *to me* to indicate that this was a totally independent thread, and not part of one of the stitches -- which it obviously was.

I'm so glad to see confirmation that I'm not just out of my mind!

Thanks for taking time to do this!


Posted by: CarrieScribe | Dec 30, 2005 3:22:55 PM

That's just what the world needs: a visual for that blessed *&#@%& increase. You are a doll to provide such a public service. Happy New Year!

Posted by: julia fc | Dec 30, 2005 5:25:08 PM

Very cool. I've never come across a use for this, but watch, I'm sure it will be cropping up all over now! Thanks in advance Jody

Posted by: Johanna | Dec 30, 2005 6:02:47 PM

That's really cool! Thanks for the tutorial!

Posted by: grumperina | Jan 1, 2006 6:55:41 PM

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