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.

m1pR : make 1 purl stitch right, (right slanted increase as seen from the knit side)

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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m1pL : make 1 purl stitch left, (left slanted increase as seen from the knit side)

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.

m1pR                        m1pL

See how the front leg is pointing to             The front leg is pointing to the left.
the right
? This is m1pR that                       This should be m1pL that matches
matches a m1R at the knit side.                  a m1L at the knit side.

Memo – if ‘left’ and ‘right’ don’t love you 😉

Now, if you don’t want to hurt your brain with ‘right’ and ‘left’, just think of increases leaning away from or leaning towards a marker and watch the legs closest to the right side which is often the knit side.

On the knit side: leaning away from a marker in the middle

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

and on the purl side: watch the back leg closest to the knit side leaning away from a marker in the middle

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

Well that’s it. I never ever think about left or right anymore. I think of increases leaning away from a marker or towards a marker …

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18 thoughts on “How to … m1L and m1R … and to never forget which is which …

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  2. I use a mnemonic to remember the difference: the words “right” and “rear” begin with the same letter. So if I want a right-leaning make 1, I put the left needle in the rear of the stitch. Therefore, for a left-leaning M1, I go into the front of the stitch. Frankly, I’ve never done this increase on the purl side, but if I needed to, I’d just tell myself to go the opposite way as I would on the knit side.

  3. Oh my goodness, I love you. 🙂 Thank you so much for enabling this continental knitter to see how to m1 purlwise and why. So clear.

  4. Brilliant! A great reminder – if you want to know the result, look at what you’re doing and *see* the result.

  5. Reblogged this on Jo-Creates and commented:
    I’m making a new cardigan and it has tonnes of M1L, M1R, M1pR M1pL in it, I’m constantly forgetting which is which but this is a really handy tutorial to remember which is which! 🙂

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  7. First when I found this tutorial I was happy, but now I’m a bit confused. I have two different sweater patterns that have these (quite the opposite) directions for m1pR and m1pL: “m1Rp = lift strand between needles from back to front and purl into the front loop” and “m1Lp = lift strand between needles from front to back and purl into the back loop”. And they are definitely meant to match m1R and m1L, so they are following the same logic that the R and L in m1p refer to knit side.

    Looking at your tutorial pictures, if the stitch leg to closest to the knit side is pointing to the right when looking at it from the purl side, isn’t it then pointing to the left when looking from the knit side (“right side”), making it a left leaning increase?

    I’m not very good at all with these kinds of visual left/right things, so now I’m trying to figure out what the thing is that I’m not seeing 🙂 Can you help me understand, please? 🙂

    • Yes, right. You are right, I think. I was so occupied to make it visual and clear – and to be honest I don’t think about right and left anymore since I look at increases this way – that I overlooked the fact that when turning the work to the right side it points the opposite way. I changed the tutorial and actually it makes it easier to explain the m1pR and m1pL. Also added a little memo for people who don’t like ‘left’ and ‘right’.

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