How to … m1L and m1R … and to never forget which is which …

On the knit side

m1L : make 1 left, (left slanted increase)

m1L grijs?-1.

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With the left needle pick up the strand between 2 stitches, from front to back and knit through the back loop.

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m1R : make 1 right, (right slanted increase)

m1R grijs?-1.

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With the left needle pick up the strand between 2 stitches, from back to front and knit through the front loop.

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And here is the trick to remember and never forget: (watch the front leg that is closest to the knit side: the red leg in the pics)

m1L grijs?-2+oijl             m1R grijs?-2+pijl

See how the front leg is pointing to the                    And here the front leg is pointing to
left ? This must be m1L (make 1 left), right ?         the right. This must be m1R (make 1
…                                                                                  right)

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On the purl side

This is a little different and a bit more complicated to explain, but once captured, it is very easy to remember. The m1pL (make 1 purl stitch to the left) and m1pR (make 1 purl stitch to the right) are described as seen on the knit side (often the right side of your work). In fact on the purl side it is harder to see a significant difference in direction of both increases.  So, m1pL is left leaning on the knit side. Consequently, the m1pR is right leaning on the knit side.

m1pL : make 1 purl stitch left, (left slanted increase)

m1pL grijs?-1.

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With the left needle pick up the strand between 2 stitches, from back to front and purl through the front loop.

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m1pR : make 1 purl stitch right, (right slanted increase)

m1pr-grijs-1

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With the left needle pick up the strand between 2 stitches, from front to back and purl through the back loop.

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And now the trick.

As said before right and left in the purl increases refer to the knit side. The important leg to watch is the one closest to the knit side (= the back leg)

m1pL grijs?-2+pijl        m1pR grijs?-2+pijl

See how the back leg is pointing to the            The back leg is pointing to the right.
left ?
This is m1pL.                                           This should be m1pR.

Well that’s it. Since I use the increases in this manner, I don’t even think about left or right. I think of increases leaning away from a marker or towards a marker …

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