Knitting Nuances
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Increases
This almost invisible increase is usually used at the beginning of a row. Insert the left needle under the yarn running before the next stitch from BACK to FRONT. Knit this stitch as usual through the front. This will twist the stitch and prevent a hole.
This almost invisible increase is usually used at the end of a row. Insert the left needle under the yarn running before the next stitch from FRONT to BACK. Knit this stitch through the back loop. This will twist the stitch and prevent a hole.
This is an easy and common way to add one stitch. Knit one new stitch BUT leave the original loop on the left needle. Slide the right needle around to the back and insert it right to left through the original loop's back leg. Knit another new stitch and slide off needle.
Similar to Knit into the front and back but a bit trickier. Purl one new stitch BUT leave the original loop on the left needle. Slide the right needle around to the back and insert it left to right through the original loop's back leg (it will seem backwards and it is). Purl another new stitch and slide off needle.
Use the Cable Cast On to add multiple stitches at the beginning of a knit row. Here's How

1. Get ready to start the next row -- the new stitches are added at the beginning of a row.


2. Insert the right needle -- front to back -- in between the first two stitches on the left needle. (The right needle should slip under the left needle.)


3. Knit one stitch by wrapping your yarn around the inserted right needle and pulling the new stitch through.


4. Place this new stitch back on the left needle -- one stitch added.


Repeat steps 2 - 4 until the required number of stitches have been added. Work the next row as indicated in the pattern including these new stitches.
What if you need to added stitches at the beginning of a purl row? No worries! The Cable Cast On can just as easily be used when purling as it can when knitting.
Here's How
1. Get ready to start the next row -- the new stitches are added at the beginning of a row.
2. Insert the right needle -- back to front -- in between the first two stitches on the left needle. (The right needle should slip under the left needle.)
3. Purl one stitch by wrapping your yarn around the inserted right needle and pushing the new stitch through.
4. Place this new stitch back on the left needle -- one stitch added.
5. Repeat steps 2 - 4 until the required number of stitches have been added. Work the next row as indicated in the pattern including these new stitches.
Simple but so flexible. Here is a photo tutorial.
Decreases
Worked identically to a normal knit stitch except you insert the right needle through two loops on the left needle instead of one.
Slants to the right, when viewed from the knit side of stockinette stitch
Worked identically to a normal purl stitch except you insert the right needle through two loops on the left needle instead of one.
Slants to the right, when viewed from the knit side of stockinette stitch
1. Slip two stitches, one at a time from the left needle to the right as if to knit.
2. Insert the left needle through the front of these two stitches and knit them together -- you'll feel like you're knitting them through the back loop.

This decrease slants to the left, when viewed from the knit side of stockinette stitch.
1. Slip one stitch from the left needle to the right as it to KNIT.
2. Knit one stitch
3. Using the tip of your left needle, slip the slipped stitch up and over the knit stitch.

This decrease slants to the left when viewed from the knit side of stockinette stitch.
Yes, we know many instructions for this decrease do not have you slip as if to knit but this way matches the k2tog decrease more closely! Give it a try.
For more information on our new increase and decrease tweaks take a look at the Nuances section of the Techniques tab.