Best invisible increase?

michaelpthompson's picture

I am currently knitting the Scot Wars Bonnet, a Scottish style cap based on a 17th Century pattern. I really like the simple pattern instructions and I think the bonnet will be great for our clan gatherings. However, one down side of the simple instructions is lack of detail. For instance, you start small and increase to get a big circle, then decrease down to the hat band. The instructions specify "Continue increasing 8 stitches every other row, spreading each progressive increase evenly between the markers."

It doesn't specify what increase to use, so I started with KFB because it's easy. Trouble is, it's kind of noticeable in the plain stocking stitch. Probably won't be a difficulty after it's felted, but I thought it would be nice to have the increases less noticeable. I don't know if they're all that visible in this photo, but if it helps, that's what it looks like right now.

It may be a little hard to see, as the cable of the circs I'm using kind of curls. Started out with dpns, then switched when it started to get crowded on those.

I switched to M1R and that's less visible, but I thought I'd ask the collective wisdom for suggestions on an increase that doesn't show much in the stocking stitch. TIA.

michaelpthompson's picture

Thanks for the good advice.

Thanks for the good advice. It looks like Ken and Mark are both recommending the same thing. I'll give it a tr.

Tom Hart's picture

I think they are, Michael. I

I think they are, Michael. I call it "knitting into the stitch below". And it IS invisible. You really can't see it. I've wished I could sometimes...

michaelpthompson's picture

That is a really good

That is a really good increase. Can't even see the stitch itself, no holes or anything. The extra column is visible, but not terribly noticeable, and that will certainly disappear in the fulling. I've finished the increases; now I'm on the decreases. I've used K2TOG on a couple of rounds and I think it looks pretty good so far.

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ronhuber's picture

Your pattern specifically

Your pattern specifically tells you to "increase in next stitch". This usually means KFB - just as you did. It certainly isn't invisible but has its uses as a design feature and I always use it on top down raglans. I am sure you will not see the little bar when it is felted. I do like the lifted increases that Ken mentioned and I often use those when increasing for a thumb gusset.

KenInMaine's picture

This page over at Knotions

This page over at Knotions Magazine shows how to do lifted increases. These are the ones I like to use most often. The first one on the page for the Right Lifted Increase (right-leaning) is the one that I would use when there isn't a need for symmetry (such as for a hat like you're doing), but they do show a Left Lifted (left-leaning) version as well as how to perform them on the purl side if needed. I do notice that if these increases are stacked over a large number of rows, they can pull in the fabric just a bit, but they are otherwise very subtle. Hope this may be of help!