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How To M1L (Make One Left) Increase Knitting Tutorial

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The abbreviation m1L in knitting patterns means to make one left. There are different ways of increasing the number of stitches. When shaping your knitting directional increases are essential. The make one left is a left-leaning increase.

M1L is a great increase stitch for the knit side of your work. This increase method makes a twisted stitch. It doesn’t leave a visible hole. It’s an easy way to increase in knitting projects like sweaters, hats and sock knitting patterns.

Shaped shoulder knit with make one left increases.

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The sister stitch, or opposite, is the m1R increase which is a right-leaning increase. The difference between the two is how you knit them.

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Written Instructions

Knit to where you will increase.

Find the horizontal bar between the last stitch you knit which is on your right needle, and the next stitch on your left needle.

Insert your left hand needle under the strand from the front to the back.

Then insert the right needle tip through the back loop, and knit it.

Video tutorial

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Photo Tutorial

Shaped shoulder knit with make one left increases.

M1L Make One Left Increase

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to make one left knitting increase.


  • Your project or yarn to start one.


  • Knitting needles to match your yarn.


  1. First knit to where you will increase. Here I knit to the stitch marker, and slip it on to my right hand needle.
  2. Second locate the horizontal strand of yarn between the stitches.
  3. Pick up the bar of yarn with your left-hand needle tip from the front to the back.Knitting needle picking up bar for m1l increase from front to back.
  4. Insert right-hand needle tip into the back leg.
  5. Wrap the yarn over your right needle counter clockwise.Yarn wrapped counter clockwise to knit on needle.
  6. Pull yarn through to knit it.
  7. Slide the new stitch off the left needle and on to the right needle. New stitch on right needle.
  8. You have increased by one stitch!


Remember m1L is knit through the back of the loop and m1R is knit through the front of the loop.

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