How to increase/decrease evenly!

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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 (47)

Gertrud 11.10.2019 - 20:03:

Jag ska göra minskningar men får inte mönstret att stämma?!

Åsa Wrede 02.10.2019 - 13:25:

Och om man räknar till 7,5 precis, ska det rundas upp eller ner vid minskning? Det framgår inte :(

DROPS Design 03.10.2019 - 14:47:

Hej Åsa, da må du tælle ned, ellers har du ikke nok masker når du minsker ;)

Amandine 22.09.2019 - 15:10:

Hello, I m starting at 120 stiches, and i must do the following instructions: 'work 2 rounds stocking st, at the same time increase evenly to 180 sts.' Do i increase both rows of 60 stiches ? I divide my work into back / front / 2 sleeves. I need to do 'place the next 49 sts on a holder for sleeve, cast on 13 new sts under the sleeve', i don't get the 'under the sleeve' Thanks a lot for answers

DROPS Design 23.09.2019 - 10:37:

Dear Amandine, to increase from 120 to 180 stitches on a single round, use the Example 3- above - Could you please post your question under the pattern you are working on? It would be easier if we could read the pattern to answer your question properly, thank you. Happy knitting!

Anca-Elena Popa 02.09.2019 - 18:36:

Hello! I have to increase evenly 37 stitches across a row of 105 stitches. When I divide 105 by 37 I get 2,88. Would you mind helping me understand how I have to do the increase? Thanks

DROPS Design 03.09.2019 - 09:10:

Dear Mrs Popa, this is as Example 2 is explaining, ie the number has to be rounded down to full or half number. In this example you will increase after alternately each 2nd and each 3rd stitch. Make sure you have the correct number of increase/stitches as you work. Happy knitting!

Franka 20.07.2019 - 13:49:

Hallo zusammen, ich soll in der 6.und in der folgenden 8.Reihe zunehmen- bedeutet es das ich 5R stricken und in der 6.R zunehmen soll und dann 7R stricken und in der 8.R zunehme und das immer abwechselnd ist das richtig so LG FRANKA

Véronique 04.06.2019 - 00:01:

Bonjour je fais un bonnet ou je dois faire des diminutions sur 110 mailles l explication est la suivante tricoter 3 mailles *2dim 4 m sur tout le rang *terminer par 3m ensuite continuer ces diminution .en colonne encore 4 fois comment procéder dans ce cas toujours 4mailles puis 2 ens ? Merci de votre réponse

DROPS Design 04.06.2019 - 08:38:

Bonjour Véronique, pour aligner les diminutions les unes au-dessus des autres, vous devrez à priori diminuer le nombre de mailles tricotées entre chaque diminution à chaque tour, si au 1er tour vous tricotez: 2 diminutions (= 2 fois 2 m ens à l'end par ex), 4 m end, au tour suivant de diminutions, tricotez: 2 diminutions (= 2 x 2 m ens à l'end par ex), 3 m end (puis 2 m end, et enfin 1 m end la 4ème fois). Vérifiez toutefois avec le nombre de mailles de votre modèle que tout est juste. Bon tricot!

DANIELLE 27.05.2019 - 01:02:

Bonjour, question pour le modèle n° ME-012-by Sur 272 m. répartir 56 diminutions qui donnera 216 m. Je n'arrive pas a trouver la formule magique. Merci infiniment. Danielle,

DROPS Design 27.05.2019 - 13:37:

Bonjour Danielle, divisez 272 par 56 = 4.8 - vous êtes donc dans l'exemple 2 de "Répartir des diminutions", vous pouvez suivre l'exemple indiqué: Tricotez 2 m, tricotez 2 m ens (la 3ème et la 4ème m), tricotez 3 m, tricotez 2 m ens (la 4ème et la 5ème m), tricotez 2 m, tricotez 2 m ens, tricotez 3 m, tricotez 2 m ens, et continuez ainsi - pensez toujours à bien vérifier notre nombre de mailles/de diminutions. Bon tricot!

Petra 12.05.2019 - 19:05:

If I do increasing elvenly across the row I take the number of total stich which I start or the number of which I m now for example I start on 100 stitches I had to decrease some number of stitches I left on 90 stitches and now I have to increase elvenly across the row so I will count 90 stitches in total?

DROPS Design 13.05.2019 - 11:12:

Dear Petra, you count the number of stitches you have on needle before increasing, ie in Example 1 above, you have 100 sts and inc 16 sts evenly = there will be 116 sts at the end of this row. Happy knitting!

Tania 10.05.2019 - 16:07:

How to increase stitches on round knitting? example knitting a hat. i've got confused when the pattern said to increase 4 sts evenly around on 80 sts before. what methods i should use to increasing stitches?

DROPS Design 13.05.2019 - 11:07:

Dear Tania, you have 80 sts and should increase 4 sts evenly on next round/row, use example 3: divide 80 by 4 = 20 - you will work (20 sts, inc 1 st), repeat from (to) around = 4 sts increased = 84 stitches at the end of this row/round. Happy knitting!

Mehwish 01.04.2019 - 00:36:

Hei. Jeg har 158 masker som jeg skal felle jevnt fordelt til 134 masker. Når jeg deler 158:134 får jeg 1,17. Hvordan skal jeg felle da? Takk for hjelpen :)

DROPS Design 03.05.2019 - 13:31:

Hej, 158-134 = 24 masker som skal tages ind, 158/24 = 6,5 det vil sige at du skal strikke skiftevis hver 5.og6. maske og hver 6.og7.m sammen. God fornøjelse!

Eva 21.03.2019 - 11:10:

Hei. Jeg holder på og strikke genser med rundfelling.I siden på mønsteret så står det:fell her ved og strikke 6 m r og 2 r sammen? Gjelder det hele omgangen rundt? Og lenger opp står det fell som vist i diagrammet? Gjelder det også hele omgangen?Synes dette var litt vrient og forstå jeg.😮

DROPS Design 03.05.2019 - 14:18:

Hej Eva, vil du skrive dit spørgsmål ind under kommentarer i selve opskriften, så kan vi ud fra opskriften hjælpe dig med dit spørgsmål. Husk at markere det som et spørgsmål. Tak :)

Romana 10.03.2019 - 17:39:

Dobrý den, pokud mám nahozeno dle návodu 84 ok a mám rovnoměrne ujmout ok 18,kolik ok mam ujmout, pokud mám nahozenych ok třeba 60, taky 18? Nebo se to prepocitava? Díky.

Marie Klokanová 25.01.2019 - 07:45:

Dobrý den, ujímání jako takové chápu, ale v některých návodech máte, že se uplete nějaký počet ok a zároveň na nimy se určitý počet ujímá...nechápu jak mám ujímat na okem. Děkuji za vysvětlení Klokanová.

DROPS Design 02.04.2019 - 16:10:

Dobrý den, Marie, ve zmíněných případech jde o to, že ujímání není rovnoměrně rozprostřeno do celé řady, ale je soustředěné jen na určitý úsek pleteniny (např. ujímá se jen v sekvenci vzoru, v copáncích a podobně). To znamená, že ujímáte stejným způsobem, jako obvykle, ale jen "nad" daným počtem ok (nebo mezi nimi, chcete-li). Hodně zdaru! Hana

Sarah 01.01.2019 - 22:49:

Hi - I’m knitting a Beanie hat and need to decrease from 148 down to 18 stitches, but within 21 rows (in order to obtain the correct height) I’m getting myself very confused on how to do this - can you advise?!

DROPS Design 02.01.2019 - 12:52:

Dear Sarah, we are unfortunately not able to answer every technical question without any pattern, for any individual assistance please contact the store where you bought the yarn. Thanks for your comprehension. Happy knitting!

Carmen Hernández 17.10.2018 - 04:01:

Ese cálculo también sirve para Crochet?

DROPS Design 27.10.2018 - 18:03:

Hola Carmen. Si, este tipo de cálculos tambíen sirven para trabajos con ganchillo.

Sandra Brandner 10.10.2018 - 20:50:

Hallo, ich möchte ein Dreieckstuch Stricken. Lt Anleitung sollen mit 9 Maschen auf der Nadel 10 Mädchen zugenommen werden, damit 19 Maschen auf der Nadel sind. Wie geht das?

Barbara 27.09.2018 - 19:57:

Nach 5cm in den li. Partien am Vorder und Rückenteil die ersten 2 und die letzten 2 zusammen strickten. Das verstehe ich. Aber was heißt Bei jeder 6.R. total 13 Mal? Heißt das, dass ich 13 Maschen im Vorder und Rückenteil aufeinmal abnehmen muss? Was ist mit "total" gemeint? Dankeschön

DROPS Design 28.09.2018 - 08:44:

Liebe Barbara, wie Sie es beschreiben, sollen Sie so stricken: *2 Maschen wie beschrieben abnehmen dann 5 Reihe ohne Abnahme stricken* und von *-* 13 Mal im Total wiederholen. Siehe bitte Anleitung, ohne die Modellnummer ist es immer etwas schwierig um genauer zu sein. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

FRERE Patricia 03.09.2018 - 21:51:

Bonsoir je ne sais pas calculer les diminution. J'ai 98mailles je dois répartir 37 diminutions j'ai fait 98m;37=2,6m je sais qu'il faut compter 3m parce que le chiffre est supérieur à 5,et puis je ne sais pas merci de votre gentillesse de m'aider

Catherine PASUTTO 16.08.2018 - 14:26:

Je n'arrive pas à comprendre: «augmenter de chaque côté 1x1 maille et tous les deux rangs 3x1 maille» N'est ce pas la même chose qu'augmenter 4x1 maille? Attention, il n'est pas écrit 1x3 mailles mais bien 3x1 maille! Merci d'avance!

DROPS Design 17.08.2018 - 11:16:

Bonjour Mme Pasutto, tout dépend du nombre de rangs après la 1ère augmentation (1x1m) et avant la suivante (3x1 m tous les 2 rangs). N'hésitez pas à poser votre question dans la rubrique "Commentaires" du modèle concerné pour une réponse plus précise. Bon tricot!

Verena Conze 25.07.2018 - 11:33:

Liebes Drops-Design- Team, Hat genau gepasst mit den Abnahmen (108:24=4,5). Ganz lieben Dank für die Antwort und für die Erläuterung der Abnahmen generell. Gerade als Anfänger von größeren Projekten steht man schonmal "wie der Ochs vorm Berg" und Oma erklärt nur so "wie sie es immer macht". Also nochmal: herzlichen Dank 😉

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