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 (59)

Elise 20.05.2020 - 19:50:

Hei! Jeg har 54 masker og skal felle av slik at jeg får 20 masker på pinnene, altså felle av 34 masker. Tallet jeg får når jeg deler 54 på 34 = 1,58. Hvordan gjør jeg dette?

Denise 16.04.2020 - 23:14:

Bedankt voor de uitleg! Ik moet een aantal toeren gelijkmatig minderen Bereken ik voor elke toer opnieuw?

Silje Merethe 13.04.2020 - 23:49:

Jeg har 228 masker og skal felle 54. Hvordan gjør jeg det? Hilsen ei som strikker sin første genser 🙈

DROPS Design 17.04.2020 - 07:51:

Hei Silje. 225 masker delt på 54 = 4,22. * Du kan da stikke hver 3. og 4. maske sammen 4 ganger, så strikker du 3 masker *, gjenta dette omgangen rundt, men når du har 22 masker igjen strikker du 2 rett sammen, 2 rett, 2 rett sammen, 2 rett.....omgangen ut. mvh DROPS design

Toril 13.04.2020 - 19:22:

Har 172 masker og skal øke til 312 masker. Altså øke med 140 masker. Hvordan får eg det til å gå opp?

DROPS Design 20.04.2020 - 07:16:

Hei Toril. I løpet av økeomgangen kan du øke på annenhver maske, 109 ganger, og så må det strikkes 2 masker, så øke,31 ganger. God Fornøyelse!

Toril 12.04.2020 - 12:24:

Har 53 masker skal øke til 83. Blir 1,76, hva gjør jeg?

Anne Grethe Stølen 09.04.2020 - 19:12:

Jeg har 270 masker og skal sitte igjen med 230 og får ikke dette til å stemme på slutten.Det er snakk om 40 masker .Trenger litt hjelp her.

DROPS Design 20.04.2020 - 07:09:

Hei Anne Grete. I løpet av felleomgangen kan du strikke 5 masker + 2 rett sammen 30 ganger, og 4 masker + 2 rett sammen 8 ganger. Da vil du ha 230 masker på pinnen. God Fornøyelse!

Lisbeth Hansen 06.04.2020 - 08:32:

Hej. Jeg har 89 masker og skal tage jævnt ind til 59 masker. Hvordan gør jeg det. Lisbeth

Joanne 12.03.2020 - 10:47:

Hei, Jeg har 100 m og det stå at jeg skal 'jenvt fordelt på omg gjøres 30 kast? Kan du hjelpe meg med dette ( nybegynner) :)

DROPS Design 23.03.2020 - 07:22:

Hei Joanne.). Du har 100 maskene og deler på 30 (de maskene som skal økes jevnt fordelt) = 3,33. Da gjør du kast mellom hver 3. og 4. maske. Men siden det er mellom hver 3,33 maske bør det også økes noen ganger mellom 5. og 6. maske (ca ved hver 5. økning). God Fornøyelse!

Victoria 30.01.2020 - 05:28:

Hej! Jag har 305 m som jag ska minska med 52 m med hjälp av 26 döhpt till 253 m. Får det inte att stämma, kan du hjälpa?

DROPS Design 11.02.2020 - 14:04:

Hej Victoria, da strikker du ca hver 5 og 6 maske sammen :)

Nina Næss 13.01.2020 - 16:58:

Hei jeg skal øke jevnt fordelt på rundpunne. Jeg har 188 m og skal øke med 150 m. Jeg får 1.25. Hvordan fordele det jevnt?

DROPS Design 27.01.2020 - 08:02:

Hei Nina. Da strikker du 2 masker, så øke, strikk 1 maske så øke, og gjenta dette ongange/raden ut. God Fornøyelse!

Patti Urso 04.12.2019 - 03:08:

When A.2B is done, work the first 6 rounds in A.2A over A.2B – on round marked with arrow increase 48-54-60 double crochets evenly = 240-264-288 double crochets. Then repeat A.2A 40-44-48 times in width. Continue until 6th round in A.2A (= round after round with arrow) = 80-88-96 chain spaces. The piece measures approx. 32 cm = 12 1/2” in all sizes.“ The increase happens over the chains (loops)o A.2A diagram in Row 5- where the arrow indicates the increase

DROPS Design 04.12.2019 - 09:03:

Dear Mrs Urso, you are working A.2A a total of 34 times in width in size L/XL, ie there are 34x2= 68 ch-spaces/6 sts x 34 = 204 sts. Divide 204 by 42 inc = 4.8 = you will increase every 5th dc = work 3 dc in each ch-space and at the same time work 2 dc instead of just one every 5th dc a total of 42 times in the round. ie you will have in each ch-space either 3 dc or 4 dc (= where you have increased). Happy crocheting!

Patti Urso 03.12.2019 - 01:01:

I am working on the Mermaid Shells Poncho L/XL

DROPS Design 03.12.2019 - 13:07:

Dear Mrs Urso, could you please tell us where exactly you are in the Mermaid shell pattern? I can find a "264sts" but any 70 sts. Thank you!

Patti Urso 02.12.2019 - 02:20:

I have 70 loops and have to fit 264 stitches evenly. Can you hel?

DROPS Design 02.12.2019 - 12:48:

Dear Mrs Urso, which pattern are you working on?

Mariechristine 26.10.2019 - 23:21:

Buonasera Ho 135 maglie e devo diminuire 35 maglie in modo uniforme. Se divido 135 per 35 ottengo 3,85 Poi sono persa. Grazie

Gertrud 11.10.2019 - 20:03:

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

DROPS Design 14.10.2019 - 09:59:

Hei Gertrud. Fint om du legger ditt spørsmål under den oppskriften du strikker, så kan vi hjelpe deg. Nå ligger ditt spørsmål under generell forklaring til Øke/felle jevnt fordelt. mvh DROPS design

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!

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!

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