Stitch Guide: Inc to 3 and inc to 5

Have you ever wondered how some knitters manage to knit perfect increases without leaving gigantic holes in the fabric? I have broken the code for perfect celtic cables and I'm sharing my knowledge with you here!

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Let’s begin

Before we dive into the technique of this stitch, let’s ponder on where it is and can be used.

I know I use it for cables, to get the perfectly round shape at the bottom of a swirl like on my Sprouts Shawlette.

What do you need to do this? 

I’d recommend sharp needles like these.

Especially for inc to 5 the yarn tension is high and you need to pull your yarn very hard and be able to pick up very tight stitches, so lace needles come in handy here.

It’s also important that your yarn isn’t too weak so it snaps under the tension. 

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Inc to 3 

(incto3 in Stitch Mastery)

K1 tbl, k1 in one stitch, then insert left-hand needle behind the vertical strand that runs downward from between the 2 sts just made, and k1 tbl into this strand to make the 3rd st of the group.

Let’s break it down…

Ktbl

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k1 in one stitch

then insert left-hand needle behind the vertical strand that runs downward from between the 2 sts just made

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and k1 tbl into this strand to make the 3rd st of the group.

It should look like this

and like this after a couple of rows.

Do you like my needles?

They are carbon fiber needles; KnitPro Karbonz Double pointed needles. They are the only 20 cm DPN’s I own and use. 

They are super durable and perfectly sharp for these type of stitches! 

 

Inc to 3 to a inc to 5 

Watch this video to see how to make inc to 3 into inc to 5, how you can use them and to see the beautiful end result that is perfect rounded bottoms for celtic cables!

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