I, too, have to continually look at the directions to refresh my memory about M1R and M1L. This is great way to remember it.

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We interrupt my regularly scheduled evening of knitting to bring you a knitting tip.

The make 1 (M1) is a very useful knitting increase – used in many a pattern. Most of the time, I just do an M1 without worrying about if it’s right leaning or left leaning, but I found while I was working on my Color Affection (a while ago) that it made a difference in how it looked on garter stitch, so I needed to pay more attention.

If you’re anything like me, though, you find yourself always looking at the pattern to remember which way the stitch should go on the needle for a M1R compared to a M1L. Even doing it repeatedly, I would find that I couldn’t remember it until one day when I noticed a simple little thing that’s the perfect trick.

(Apologies for the less than great pictures – it’s hard…

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