# Evenly spaced increase

I have a knitting project in which I have 94 stitches on my needle, and I’m supposed to do an evenly spaced increase of 50 to get 144 stitches. I know how to increase, but I do not know if I need to start with the first stitch and how I should knit this way! Please help!

Edit-I learned that I can do it as
knit 22, m1, [k1, m1] until last 23 sts, k23
but mine says evenly spaced, is that evenly spaced?

Arts & Crafts Asked by Cattails17 on January 25, 2021

Evenly spaced stitches means that the number of stitches between increases is approximately the same. Since you are increase 50 sts over 94 current stitches, and 94/50=1.88 you should put (on average) 1.88 sts between increases. That means your increases will be done in some combination of (m1,k1) and (m1,k2) repeats.

There are helpful calculators available online that will tell you how to space your increases based on the current number of stitches and the number of stitches to increase. I found many such calculators by googling "knitting evenly spaced increase calculator." This calculator says to work your increases (50 increases over 94 current stitches) as follows:

K1, (M1, k1) 3 times, (M1, k2) 43 times, (M1, k1) 3 times, M1, k1

If you prefer a kfb increase, you could work your increases this way:

K1, (kfb) 3 times, (kfb, k1) 43 times, (kfb) 4 times

If the pattern doesn't specify what increase stitch to use, it's up to you. Generally with evenly spaced increase you want to use whichever method will be most inconspicuous. M1 is the usual choice. Kfb creates a bar on the front of the work that looks like a purl, so it looks fine on garter stitch but it looks a bit strange on stockinette.

Answered by csk on January 25, 2021

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