If I already know how to yarn over and how to knit front&back, why do I need to learn the Make Ones? Why can’t I just do what I already know?
This pattern calls for lifted bar increases. Is that a Make One? They why don’t they just say “make one”?
It just says to M1. It doesn’t say M1R or M1L. So which do I do and why doesn’t it say that???
In my experience the Make One increase can cause confusion, annoyance, and very dark frowns.
Being the hapless knitting teacher, I have at times been called to answer for this. I used to try and defend the knitting gods and their shortcomings. Yeah, that was a mistake. Now I just try and get through it a quickly as possible while taking no responsibility for the fact that knitting instructions are often sad and incomplete, and as frustrating as a how-to guide on changing the time setting in your car.
These days my replies go about like this:
Yarn overs leave a big hole. Knit front&back leaves (almost) no hole at all. Make Ones leave a hole that is somewhere in between. Sometimes you want that. No really, you do.
There are three ways to Make One and two of those involve lifting the horizontal bar between stitches. One does not. They are saying to do the kind of Make Ones where you lift the bar. Yes, it should probably just say that. Yes we should send the author an email. Yes, I’m sure she/he would find that very helpful.
If it doesn’t say R/L (right/left) then you can do whatever you want! But that is always true in knitting since its just yarn and you can always deviate from a pattern and do whatever you wa… Okay. Sorry. Never mind. Yes, we have to follow rules and patterns and white lines at all times or the world will descend into utter chaos. Lets do the backwards e-loop Make One since its neither right nor left.
Then I demonstrate one or more of the three ways to do a Make One increase.
Personally I use the backward e-loop Make One if I can get away with it. Its easy and fast. I vaguely recall a segment of Knitting Around with Elizabeth Zimmermann where she explains that the backwards e-loop is her favorite increase, the only one you really need, and you have her permission to just forget the others.
You have my permission too… if that matters.
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