A step-by-step tutorial on knitting into the stitch below – including a slow-motion repeat
Does your pattern require you to knit one below (k1b) and you have no clue what are supposed to do? Then you came to the right place because in this tutorial I will show you everything you need to know about this special knitting stitch – including a video.
Knit one below, or k1b, is a stitch you will often find in lace patterns but also the fisherman’s rib stitch. Sometimes you will also find knit two/three/four below. While the numbers might be higher, the principal way to knit it remains the same.
Let’s dive right into it!
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Instructions: How to knit one below
Knit one below is a simple variation of the standard knit stitch. It will partially unravel your knitting and will create an area where your fabric is a bit looser.
- Insert your knitting needle into the loop/eyelet right below the first stitch on your left needle.
- Wrap the yarn around your needle counter-clockwise.
- Pull the yarn through towards the front.
- Drop the stitch off the left needle.
Sometimes, a pattern using knit one below will look a bit wonky before blocking. Typically you need to stretch the fabric out a bit so the double stitches can fully unravel and recede into the fabric.
Knit two/three/four below
You can apply the same principle and knit multiple rows below. Instead of going through the loop directly below the first stitch on the left needle, you pick a loop a couple of rows further down. As a result, all rows above will unravel. This will make shorten the fabric in that column while simultaneously adding slack to the stitches next to it.
Some patterns also require you to knit a couple of rows below WITHOUT dropping the stitch off the needle right away. Then this technique can be used as an increase to create interesting patterns in your fabric or beautiful eyelets.
- Knit 4 below (but into the column below the second stitch)
- Knit one
- K4b into the same loop
- K4b into the same loop one more time
- K4b one last time into the same loop
Make sure to stretch out those increases (especially those on the far left and right) so you don’t accidentally pucker the fabric!
How to undo knit one below
If you want to undo a knit one below, you can employ the same method you would to fix a dropped stitch. Simply let the stitch unravel and then pick it up with your crochet hook again.
If you are nimble enough, you can also do it with your knitting needle.
Step 1: Just knit one stitch backward by inserting your left needle into the k1b stitch from left to right and pull on the working yarn. The result will be a double-stitch on your left knitting needle.
Step 2: Pass the loop connected to the rows below over the other loop sitting a bit in the back.
So, it’s quite simple and easy to undo and fix it!
How to purl one below
Using the same general method, you can also purl one below. It is almost as simple:
Step 1: Bring the yarn to the front and enter the loop below the next purl stitch from behind.
Step 2: Wrap the yarn around the needle counter-clockwise.
Step 3: Pull the yarn through.
Step 4: Drop the resulting stitch off the left needle.
It’s really that simple. Again, some patterns require you to keep the stitch on the left needle as a way to increase and form a special pattern. So read carefully. But for things like the 2-colored fisherman’s rib, you typically drop it off the needle.
5 thoughts on “How to knit one below”
I can’t believe I found a person explaining the dropped K1B. I am attempting to knit the “Snow Day Shawl” the designers name is expat. I want to give up. After I have knit the garter portion the pattern goes on to K1B, K1. I can never successfully complete one of these rows. Either I have knit the K1B stitch where a K1 stitch should have been knit or I drop the K1B stitch. I have pulled at these errors I don’t understand how to fix. At least 10 tens, I can’t get help, don’t understand any you tube videos, it is a miracle I found you. I am so sorry but if there was a video watching you make the correction it would be much easier to follow. Is there a video of yours anywhere to watch you making the K1B correction? I sincerely hope you can help. I want to knit this pattern successfully. I purchased the pattern and my choice of yarn. The designer does not answer my request for help. I hope you can help.
sorry to disappoint you but I never comment on other designers’ patterns. I don’t feel it’s my point (and sadly I don’t have the time to download, read, and test a pattern either).
Hi. Do you have a tutorial on how to add a missed k1b? My pattern has knit one 2 rows below on the RS row. I’m about halfway across the WS row and realized a missed the k1b. Thanks!
no i dont have that. sorry.
I love your videos! They are clear and tell me just what i need to know! Many thanks!