15 comments on “Accidental Increases

  1. THank you for this video. I think I have done all of these mistakes at one time or another but I’ve also make the mistake of not taking the old stitch completely off the needle as I should. I’ve caught myself on this many times and it is very annoying… 🙂

  2. YAY!!!!!!!!! Thank you SO MUCH!!! I`ve been so frustrated and have spent SO much time searching for information on why I could be increasing, and you`ve solved it for me! thank you!!!

  3. I see this a lot in my work….the expanded first stitch. While I don’t have a problem with increasing, I am interested in knowing if this is something that can be fixed? Is my tension not good enough? Do I just need more practice? Or is this something that can happen to anyone at any time?

    Thanks Staci!!

  4. Hi Jessica – thank you for the note.

    If you’re accidentally increasing into the first stitch, watch this video again for ways to avoid doing that. There really isn’t an easy way to “fix” this (especially if you’ve done it several times in a single project), other than to rip out the work and try it again.

    Accidental increases don’t really have anything to do with tension. Most newer knitters experience tension issues, but that works itself out with practice. Here is my video on getting good tension: http://verypink.com/2012/08/22/getting-good-tension/

    Hope that helps!
    S t a c i

  5. Thank you sooooooo very much you don’t know how much this video helped me I was pretty frustrated and now I know what I was doing wrong and also why I would randomly get a hole sometimes

  6. This is an amazing tutorial. I have just made those exact mistakes as I’ve been knitting my first project, and this video has just explained what I’ve been doing wrong, and how I can avoid doing the mistakes again. Thanks so very much. I would have been lost without this. Xx

  7. THANK YOU! as a brand new knitter, i see myself in all these mistakes…now i understand why i wind up with 3-5 extra stitches at the end of each row…i have been so frustrated and this video has help enormously…thank you, thank you!

  8. I find these mysterious increases in my work frequently. Your first two explanations I now understand,, but the third one I will have to watch many more times to comprehend it. I know I do all three of these mistakes. Just three days ago, I found your website for the first time because of your German Twisted Cast-On video for a hat I’m making on circular needles. Only 6 rounds into it, I’ve already accidentally increased 4 stitches. My only solution is to rip it out and start over. THANK YOU for ALL of your videos! I am learning so much!

  9. Oh my god! I finally found why I keep getting more and more stitches. I did theeee exact mistake you showed first in each and every row. No wonder…

    I’ve pulled my hair and yarn for hours wondering what I was doing wrong.

    Thank you!

  10. I have been doing the granny ripple pattern and for some reason I have been increasing on the sides. My blanket looks like an arrow with 8 points in the middle. I have tried to get help to figure out why when I turn to do the next row my edges keep growing and are not straight. any help with how to turn would be helpful.

  11. Liz – without seeing your work, I don’t know why you would be accidentally adding increases. I suggest visiting your local yarn shop and getting help from someone who can actually sit down with you and see what is going on.

    S t a c i

  12. What a lifesaver! I have been knitting for a little less than a month and have completed a couple projects. I noticed that I would randomly increase here and there…and it is all because of not completing the stitch. As soon as I saw you demonstrate that one, I knew it was what I doing wrong! Great video! Thanks!!

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