How to increase/decrease evenly!

How to increase/decrease evenly!

How to calculate where to inc/dec when pattern says "inc/dec evenly" - You can use this lesson's tips both in knitting and crocheting:


Increase evenly:
The pattern tells you to increase a number of stitches evenly.

Example 1: You have 100 sts and you shall increase 16 sts evenly.
Use a calculator and enter 100 divided by 16 and you will get 6.25.
The number you get should be rounded down to full or half number.
In this example we will round it down to 6. So you should inc after every 6th stitch like this: Work 6 sts, make 1st inc, work 6 sts, make 2nd inc, work 6 sts, make 3rd inc, work 6 sts, make 4th inc, and continue like this. After your 16th increase you will have 4 sts left on row to work.

Example 2: You have 140 sts and you shall increase 21 sts evenly.
Use a calculator and enter 140 divided by 21 and you will get 6.66.
The number you get should be rounded down to full or half number.
In this example we will round it down to 6.5. So you should inc after alternating every 6th and 7th stitch like this: Work 6 sts, make 1st inc, work 7 sts, make 2nd inc, work 6 sts, make 3rd inc, work 7 sts, make 4th inc, and continue like this. After your 21st increase you will have 4 sts left on row to work.

Example 3: You have 48 sts and you shall increase 12 sts evenly.
Use a calculator and enter 48 divided by 12 and you will get 4.
If you get an even number and you are working in the round, then it's easy and you can just inc with that number of stitches between each inc.
But if you are working rows back and forth and shall inc every 4th stitch like in this example, then you would have to make an inc after the last stitch on row, which you can't. To avoid this you work a couple less stitches before first inc like this:
Work 2 sts, make 1st inc, work 4 sts, make 2nd inc, work 4 sts, make 3rd inc, work 4 sts, make 4th inc, and continue like this. After your 12th increase you will have 2 sts left on row to work.

Decrease evenly: The pattern tells you to decrease a number of stitches evenly.

Example 1: You have 100 sts and you shall decrease 16 sts evenly.
Use a calculator and enter 100 divided by 16 and you will get 6.25.
If the number is less than .5 then always round the number down, so in this example we round it down to 6.
To make decreases in every 6th stitch, means that you work together every 5th and 6th stitch like this: Work 4 sts, K2tog (5th and 6th sts), work 4 sts, K2tog, work 4 sts, K2tog, and continue like this. After your 16th K2tog you will have 4 sts left on row to work.

Example 2: You have 140 sts and you shall decrease 30 sts evenly.
Use a calculator and enter 140 divided by 30 and you will get 4.66.
When the number is more than .5 you will have to alternate your decreases between lower and higher number. In this example this means we will alternate dec in every 4th and 5th st, like this:
Work 2 sts, K2tog (3rd and 4th sts), work 3 sts, K2tog (4th and 5th), work 2 sts, K2tog, work 3 sts, K2tog, and continue like this. After your 30th K2tog you will have 5 sts left on row to work.

Example 3: You have 48 sts and you shall decrease 12 sts evenly.
Use a calculator and enter 48 divided by 12 and you will get 4.
In this example this means we will dec in every 4th st, like this:
Work 2 sts, K2tog (3rd and 4th sts), work 2 sts, K2tog, work 2 sts, K2tog, and continue like this. After your 12th K2tog you'll have no sts left on row to work.

Comments (113)

Astrid 02.10.2021 - 20:05:

Hei. Strikker «Rikke»- jakke. Det står st jeg skal øke 72 m jevnt fordelt på første omgang på ermet. Jeg strikker str L, å der er det kun opplegg på 66 m. Strikkekalkulatoren vil ikke regne ut da antall økemasker er høyere enn maskene på pinnen…. Hvordan skal jeg øke??

Bjørg S Fevik 02.10.2021 - 15:48:

Jeg har 112 masker og skal øke jevnt fordelt 16 masker på rundpinne. Så skal dette stemme med mønster rapport på 8 masker. Jeg får det ikke til å stemme?

DROPS Design 07.10.2021 - 13:14:

Hej Bjørg. Om du har 112 m och ska öka 16 m så får du 128 m. 128 m / 8 m = 16 rapporter. Mvh DROPS Design

Benny 01.10.2021 - 08:33:

Hei, jeg sliter skikkelig. Jeg har 369 masker og skal felle 45. Klarer ikke å få det jevnt. Håper du kan hjelpe meg.

DROPS Design 07.10.2021 - 13:19:

Hej Benny. Då stickar du ihop maska nr 7 och 8 och upprepar detta varvet ut. Mvh DROPS Design

Maj Banner 28.09.2021 - 20:56:

Hei..kan dere hjelpe meg? Jeg har 370 masker og skal felle 10..strikker jeg da 8 masker å feller 9/10ende maske? På forhånd takk...majbanner.

DROPS Design 29.09.2021 - 12:12:

Hej Maj. 370/10= 37 vilket innebär att du stickar 35 maskor och stickar maska 36 och 37 sammen. Detta gör du totalt 10 gånger. Mvh DROPS Design

Trine 18.09.2021 - 21:38:

Jeg har 270 masker og skal dekke 30. Hvor ofte skal jeg gjøre hver felling?

DROPS Design 20.09.2021 - 09:24:

Hei Trine. Du har 270 masker og du skal felle 30 masker jevnt fordelt. Dividere 270 med 30 så får du 9. Hver 9 maske skal da felles. Strikk 7 masker så strikkes 8. + 9. maske sammen, strikk 7 nye masker og strikk 8. + 9. maske sammen, strikk slik omgangen ut og du får da felt 30 masker. mvh DROPS design

Tanja 09.09.2021 - 00:27:

Bzw kann ich nur 41 mal nach jeder 3 Masche zunehmen und habe am Rundenende 1 Masche übrig.

Tanja 08.09.2021 - 23:41:

An der Halsblende muss man bei 124 Maschen , 44 Maschen verteilt zunehmen ,nach meiner rechnung 2,8 jede 3 Masche . Aber am schluss habe ich anstatt 168 Maschen nur 164 Maschen. Können sie mir bitte sagen ,nach wieviel Maschen ich richtig abnehme ,dass die Maschenanzahl stimmt ? Vielen Dank

DROPS Design 09.09.2021 - 09:26:

Liebe Tanja, also hier sollen Sie abwechslungsweise nach jeder 2. und 3. Masche zunehmen, beachten Sie nur, daß Sie die richtigen Maschenanzahl zunehmen. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Flora Almaraz 18.08.2021 - 23:17:

How does an increase work in a group. Pattern 171-21 says to work A.3 as before 2 dc + 2 ch + 2 dc around every ch-space and to increase 9 dc-groups evenly on the round?

DROPS Design 30.08.2021 - 18:47:

Dear Flora, inc 1 ch-space as follows: Work 1 dc around ch-space in the middle of dtr-group, 9 ch, 1 dc around ch between dtr-groups, 9 ch, 1 dc around ch-space in the middle of next dtr-group. You repeat this 9 times on the round. (Evenly means they aren't all together but spread around the round).

Shanthi 19.05.2021 - 11:39:

Thank you DROPS. !!!!! 😊

Jeannette 18.05.2021 - 12:58:

Jeg skal tage jævnt ind jeg har 196 masker på pinde og skal tage 56 ind

DROPS Design 19.05.2021 - 08:31:

Hei Jeannette. Følg eksempel 1. Du har 196 m og du skal felle 56m jevnt fordelt. Dividere 196 med 56 så får du 3,5. Så her må du strikke hver 3. og 4. masken sammen, men du må også noen ganger strikker hver 2. og 3. maske sammen for at det skal bli en jevnt . mvh DROPS design

Shanthi 17.05.2021 - 11:15:

With ref to the knitted jumper BLUE NOVEMBER with balloon sleeves pattern how do you decrease 29 stitches out of 67 stitches to get 38 stitches ? Every alternate stitch has to be decreased, so can you explain how it is done ? I loved the pattern and have reached up till the end of the sleeve. Kindly guide me. Thank you. Reposting my question again since I wasn’t clear with which jumper I was talking about earlier :) Thanks in advance!

DROPS Design 18.05.2021 - 08:40:

Dear Mrs Shanti, you can for example work from the beg of the round: knit 4, K2 tog x 29 times, knit 5 - or then work these 9 sts evenly distributed between the decreases. Happy knitting!

Shanthi 16.05.2021 - 20:16:

In the knitted jumper with balloon sleeves pattern how do you decrease 29 stitches out of 67 stitches to get 38 stitches ? Every alternate stitch has to be decreased, so can you explain how it is done ? I loved the pattern and have reached up till the end of the sleeve. Kindly guide me. Thank you.

DROPS Design 17.05.2021 - 10:31:

Dear Mrs Shanthi, could you please ask your question on the pattern you are working on? It would be much easier for us to check and help you. Thanks for your comprehension!

Cristina 06.04.2021 - 11:05:

Mi scusi, non avevo detto qualche schema stavo seguendo quindi rifaccio la domanda completa: Salve. Vorrei sapere se nel fare 1 aumento in 16 maglie devo farlo al centro (dopo l’8* maglia) o dopo le 16 maglie. Sto seguendo lo schema del Carly Pullover, misura M. La ringrazio

DROPS Design 06.04.2021 - 11:51:

Buongiorno Cristina, può lavorare l'aumento dove preferisce, anche al centro delle 16 maglie. Buon lavoro!

Cristina 04.04.2021 - 02:10:

Salve. Vorrei sapere se nel fare 1 aumento in 16 maglie devo farlo al centro (dopo l’8* maglia) o dopo le 16 maglie. La ringrazio

DROPS Design 05.04.2021 - 23:47:

Buonasera Cristina, quale modello sta lavorando? Buon lavoro!

Mariel Henriksen 01.04.2021 - 19:41:

Hei, jeg har 280 masker og skal felle jevnt fordelt til jeg har 140 masker på rundpinne. Strikker jeg en maske, felle 2 og 3 maske? Så strikke en maske igjen? 280/140=2..

Linda 27.03.2021 - 10:42:

Hei, jeg har 208 masker og skal øke 156 m gjevnt fordelt på rundstrikk. Kan du hjelpe meg å tenke her🙂

DROPS Design 07.04.2021 - 08:24:

Hei Linda. Du kan strikke 1 maske, øke 104 ganger og strikke 2 masker øke 52 ganger, men jevnt fordelt over omgangen/raden. mvh DROPS design

Nicoletta Chiavinato 22.03.2021 - 09:52:

Buongiorno, in riferimento alla mia richiesta di conoscere il modello di berretto presente in questa pagina, che mi avete risposto che il modello è il n. 109-4, lo stesso purtroppo non è disponibile. Esce che non ci sono modelli che corrispondono alla ricerca. Grazie

DROPS Design 23.03.2021 - 17:47:

Buonasera Nicoletta, il link riporta al modello in inglese. Al momento non è presente la traduzione italiana, ma lo tradurremo nei prossimi giorni. Tenga d'occhio il sito. Buon lavoro!

Nicoletta Chiavinato 21.03.2021 - 16:28:

Buongiorno vorrei realizzare il berretto presente in questa sezione ma non lo trovo. Potete aiutarmi? Grazie mille!

DROPS Design 21.03.2021 - 23:18:

Buonasera Nicoletta il cappello è descritto nel modello 109-4. Buon lavoro!

Paola 06.03.2021 - 18:56:

Ok!! Grazie per il consiglio\r\nBuona serata\r\n

Paola 05.03.2021 - 07:13:

Non sto seguendo un modelli precuso. Voglio realizzare una maglia con filato cotton merino un po' lunga che sia un po' più stretta alla base rispetto alla circonferenza fianchi....volevo provare a studiare le misure ed il calcolo dei punti da sola

DROPS Design 06.03.2021 - 17:37:

Buonasera Paola, per un'assistenza così personalizzata può rivolgersi al suo rivenditore DROPS d i fiducia. Buon lavoro!

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