23 comments on “Make 1 (M1)

  1. Hi,

    Thank you so much for all your detailed videos. Like everybody mentions here I am also learning a lot from them. Really appreciate all your efforts.

    I was going to try to make an ‘Letterman-Style Baby Cardi’ – one of your free patterns. The pattern just mentions an M1 to increase one stitch. So do I use a left M1 or a right M1? Also for all other patterns which do not mention left or right M1 which is the default one?

    thanks once again

  2. When a pattern does not specify “Make 1 Left” or “Make 1 Right”, it is your choice for whichever one you prefer to work. (Most people find it easier to work M1L.)

    Good luck!

  3. hi i really love your work thank you so much because without you i would be lost because im 11 years old i hope because im 11 you want read it but is this the one of the most easy increase there is.bye love your work so thanks a million.<3 bye.

  4. on the M1 knittting videos there is a pink sweater in the back do you have the pattern ? If so how do we order it??
    Thank you

  5. I am knitting a hat and I am ready to start a row that calls for M1 as the first stitch.

    I am familiar with M1 in the middle of a row but how do I do one at the start of a row?

    Thanks for your help!

    Cindy Ritchey

  6. Hi Cindy – if you’re knitting the hat flat (not in-the-round), you are correct. A M1 stitch is worked between stitches, and can’t be worked at the beginning of a row. If you’re knitting the hat in-the-round, you just work the M1 stitch at your marker.

    You may want to clarify M1 with the designer of the pattern you’re knitting. It is possible that she meant “Make 1 Below”, which can be worked on the first stitch.

    Hope that helps!
    S t a c i

  7. Thank you so much! As a self-taught knitter, I seem to have intuitively picked up all the bad habits possible … I’m one of those who has knitted many a hat successfully inside out. It wasn’t a problem until I tried magic loop, but by watching your videos I’m now knitting “right” and can M1 without creating a hole to fix. The pattern that brought up this problem also instructs to cast on 2 stitches in the middle of a row – how would I do that without making a hole in my work?

  8. Lauren – you’ll need to contact the pattern designer of those socks to fully understand why s/he chose to increase using a cast-on in this case. Yes, it will leave a hole! I would probably just do a couple of M1 stitches instead.

    S t a c i

  9. Hi, Can’t thank you enough for all of your youtube videos, they’ve saved me countless times. 🙂
    I’m about to start a new pattern and have the following instruction and don’t have a clue as to how to do this.

    M9: [K1, yo] 4 times in same st, k1 in this same st

    Thank you,

  10. Pamm – thank you for the note. The increase you describe is a pretty complicated increase, that doesn’t use the “Make 1” stitch I demonstrate here at all! The “Make 9” they refer to is really just means to turn one stitch into 9 by working the k1/yo combination 4 times, then knitting one more time into the same loop.

    This isn’t a common stitch (must be for a bobble?) so, sorry – I don’t have a video explaining this better. You may want to contact the pattern designer for further help, or ask for in-person help at your local yarn shop.
    S t a c i

  11. Hello!
    Thank you for the great videos!

    My pattern calls for adding 1 stitch at the beginning of the row and another one at the end of the row ( I am making a sleeve for a baby sweater)
    What kind of increase should I use on each end?

    Thank you!

  12. Caroline – if the pattern doesn’t specify, you can use any increase you want. If you’re unsure, you can contact the pattern designer with your question, they’ll be able to give you a solid answer.

    S t a c i

  13. Staci,

    The pattern I’m making says to m1 by wrapping the working yarn while twisting it, would you do this or just use regular m1??

    Thank you,

  14. Jeri – I would probably choose to follow the pattern directions, as there must be a reason for the specific instructions.

    S t a c i

  15. Hi Staci! You’ve become my at-home knitting teacher because your videos have been so helpful in all of my knitting projects. I’m currently working on a cowl and I could use some help – How do you increase a stitch in herringbone stitch?

  16. Sorry, Kristen – I’ve never worked increases in herringbone stitch. You’ll need to experiment with what looks least distracting (or uniformly distracting) to find the method you like best.

    S t a c i

  17. Staci, the sweater pattern I’m using calls for evenly-spaced increases using M1: one row increasing 16 stitches, then a row of stockinette stitches, then the next row (row 3) increasing evenly 28 stitches.

    My question: The pattern doesn’t specify which type (direction) of M1 stitch to use. Should I use M1R in the first row and M1L in the third row to compensate for any pull created? Or would using the same M1 in both rows have any effect on the orientation of this part of the sweater? I am using Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino yarn on a baby sweater.

    Thank you for any help!


  18. Melinda – you don’t have to compensate “pull” for Make 1s. If the pattern does not specify, you can use whichever you prefer making.

    S t a c i

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