A step-by-step tutorial on knitting m1pr. A super easy right-leaning increase for the wrong side.
Your pattern calls for knitting a M1PR and you have to clue what it means? Or, do you want to know how to create a right-leaning decrease from the wrong side? Then keep on reading because this tutorial is all about it.
M1PR means Make One Purl Right and you knit it into the strand between two stitches. Typically, this knitting increase is used on the purl side of your project. When seen from the right side, it looks exactly like a M1R. There’s also a corresponding left-leaning increase called M1PL.
Let’s show you how to knit it and dive right into it, eh?
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- Pick up the strand between two stitches coming from the back and lift it back to the left needle. The resulting loop should lean towards the right.
- Insert your right needle through the front of that extra loop. The working yarn should be in front of your work as well.
- Wrap the working yarn around your needle counter-clockwise.
- Pull the working yarn through towards the back.
- And drop the stitch off your left needle to finish the M1PR.
To memorize this increase, it helps to understand that it's called Make one purl right. So the loop you pick up needs to lean towards the right as well. And the resulting increase will be right-leaning. Using sharp needles and knitting close to the tips usually makes it a bit easier to knit it.
Which way does M1PR slant?
You know what I really don’t like about most knitting books. They define the slant of a purl increase by its appearance on the wrong side. While you can use M1PR to achieve a certain effect on the right side, sometimes you really want to achieve something on the purl side.
So, kindly take a look at the swatch above. I increased it using Make One Purl Right four stitches removed from the edge on both sides (So p4, m1pr, purl…,m1pr, p4). While this is certainly up to personal preferences, I would say that it looks neater when used on the right side of a project. And thus I would definitely say it’s a right-leaning increase for the wrong side.
Now, how do things look like on the knit side? Well, I would say that’s up for debate. Technically speaking, it is a right-leaning decrease here as well. And it creates the exact same increase line as M1R.
That being said, due to my individual purl tension and the reversed knitting direction, the resulting stitch looks slightly different nonetheless. And I’m actually inclined to say I prefer the left-leaning side of M1PR.
I leave it up to you. Maybe knit a little swatch yourself and check how things look for you. At the end of the day, I do believe there is no right or wrong in knitting. You get to define what appeals to you. But the textbook answer would probably be M1PR is a right-leaning increase.