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How to Knit: Increasing (or Decreasing) Evenly Across a Row

Jan 9, 2012

I cringe when I see this direction in a knitting pattern without the exact method spelled out: "Increase (or decrease) ___ stitches across row."

I always end up trying at least three times to get the stitches increased without having too many on one end and therefore skewing the hang of the finished sweater.

Do you have this problem, too? Well I found the solution! I thought there must be something out there on the internet to tell me how to increase or decrease evenly, and I was right.

A gal who calls herself Knitting Fiend has put a math-driven generator on her site, and all you have to do is plug in the numbers from your pattern and the generator will give you directions on how to increase or decrease in order to get to your desired number of stitches. It's so handy!

I use it all the time and I think you might, too, so check out Knitting Fiend's stitch generator and bookmark it!


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Dana_lear wrote
on Feb 4, 2012 1:55 PM

Knitting Fiends decrease generator gives me ridiculous results, not even at all. For example, I want to decrease <b>evenly</b> from 406 to 232 sts. The calculator tells me to k2tog/k1 x30; k2tog x112; k2tog/k1 x30 - <i>how is that even?</i>

knitterie wrote
on Jan 15, 2012 8:21 AM

There's an App for that

dj12116 wrote
on Jan 15, 2012 12:40 AM

I tried the stitch calculator but found that the number of stitches after the increases is different in the examples.  The "unbalanced" version comes out right, but with the "balanced" version you end up with too many stitches.  Am I reading the sample wrong???

Ginakandy wrote
on Jan 14, 2012 9:03 PM


I tried opening the site but it says "Access restricted"


grammyknits wrote
on Jan 14, 2012 7:15 PM

I have always used Cheryl Brunette's "more or less right formula" from Sweater 101

all increases/decreases on sleeves or above ribbing. Nice to have options, though.

barbararall wrote
on Jan 14, 2012 4:23 PM

I cringe also, but I tend to chalk it up to the pattern designer's laziness.  Why not figure it out for each size and include it in the pattern.

Oniya wrote
on Jan 14, 2012 12:14 PM

Maybe I'm an atypical female, but - why not just use simple division?  I haven't seen many patterns where the increase/decrease is more than 10 in a row/round, so you don't  even have to break out the /long/ division.

KimberleyC wrote
on Jan 14, 2012 12:09 PM

What a tremendous resource.  Thanks for sharing!  Thanks too, for those provided information on the app.  

Myrnaleerdh wrote
on Jan 14, 2012 11:41 AM

There is a great Apple  app called  knit evenly  calculator .

Brigid01 wrote
on Jan 14, 2012 10:04 AM

Thank you so much.

I really don't see why the authors don't explain better.

on Jan 14, 2012 9:36 AM

Thank heavens!

Yay! I can't wait to bookmark this...a knitter friend and I were JUST talking about this problem the other day.

bambiperry wrote
on Jan 11, 2012 1:29 PM


jhunt@48 wrote
on Jan 10, 2012 9:45 AM

There's also a great app called "KnitEvenly" that does all the calculating you'll need for increasing, decreasing, on a flat piece or in the round, and with 2 options:  simpler and easier to remember or more evenly distributed.  Love it!

MysticCelt wrote
on Jan 10, 2012 8:39 AM

Thanks for that, it's a great idea.  I always end up with graph paper trying to work mine out.