Make One

Inserting the needle to make a left leaning make one

“Make 1” is an almost invisible way of making a new stitch by picking up the thread that lies between stitches, twisting it, and knitting or purling it.

The thread to pick up when knitting a make 1

Abbreviation

M1

Left slanting M1

Inserting the needle to make a left leaning make one

Place the thread that lies between your stitches onto your left hand needle with the right hand side of the loop at the front of the work.

Knit (or purl) into the back of the stitch.

Left leaning make one

Right slanting M1

Picking up the loop to work a right leaning make one

Place the thread that lies between your stitches onto your left hand needle with the left hand side of the loop at the front of the work

Knitting the loop for a right leaning make one

Knit or purl into the front of the loop

The right leaning make one

Common problems

If you forget to twist the picked up loop before knitting (or purling) it, you will create a hole in your work. If you don’t want to create a hole this can be a problem.

In antique patterns the term “Make 1” was often used instead of yarn over. If you’re working from an antique lace knitting pattern and it contains a large number of Make 1’s and no yarn overs, you can be reasonably sure that you should be working a yarn over instead.

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