Bigger and better

Posted 7 May 2014 by JC

Stitch-Maps.com now groks “bigger” increases that go from one stitch to four or five, and corresponding decreases:

  • 1-to-4 inc1-to-4 inc on RS
  • 1-to-5 inc1-to-5 inc on RS
  • 1-to-4 inc on WS1-to-4 inc on WS
  • 1-to-5 inc on WS1-to-5 inc on WS
  • k4togK4tog on RS, p4tog on WS
  • k5togK5tog on RS, p5tog on WS
  • p4togP4tog on RS, k4tog on WS
  • p5togP5tog on RS, k5tog on WS

The abbreviations list defines “1-to-4 inc” as “(k1, p1, k1, p1) in next st” and “1-to-5 inc” as “(k1, yo, k1, yo, k1) in next st.” But you can certainly work these increases some other way, if that’s your preference. Got a strong preference, for a pattern you’re adding to the collection? Make a note in the pattern’s Description.

Ditto the decreases: if knitting five stitches together isn’t your cup of tea and you’d rather accomplish the decrease by passing four stitches individually over the fifth, go right ahead. How did EZ put it? “Be the boss of your knitting.”

No matter how you slice ’em, these bigger increases and decreases let you map nupps:

Lily of the Valley stitch map

By the way, these new stitches came with some changes to the way Stitch-Maps.com draws its stitch maps. For the most part, I’m hoping these changes prove to be for the better. But if you notice any funkiness in the stitch maps that the site draws, please let me know!

Enjoy!

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