A step by step tutorial for the KRL knitting increase. By knitting through the right loop of the next stitch, you get a very invisible left-leaning increase.
Does your pattern require you to do a “knit right loop increase” and you have no clue how to knit it? Then you came to the right place.
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you step by step how to knit this rare left-leaning knitting increase. Especially for stockinette stitch, it’s a particular inconspicuous and almost invisible increase. It forms a pair with KLL, knit left loop and I prefer it to other left-slanting increases (like the backward loop increase). The corresponding increase for the purl side is PLL.
ⓘ In knitting patterns, knit right loop is usually abbreviated with KRL. Sometimes it is also called right lifted increase or RLI.
KNITTING KRL STEP BY STEP:
Note: I am using a red contrasting yarn for instructional purposes only.
Preparation: KRL is always performed before a stitch. So, you can’t use it on the left edge of a project.
Step 1: Insert the right needle into the right leg of the loop of the stitch one row below the first stitch on your working needle from behind (This sounds very complicated, I know. So, look at the picture below).
Step 2: Slip this stitch on your working needle.
Step 3: Knit this stitch as normal
Step 4: Knit the next stitch and continue knitting according to your pattern.
Note: KRL is a fairly invisible increase when it’s all by itself. If you are increasing at the same position every row, even KRL gets pretty visible. So, try to space them out a bit.
The only downside of the KRL increase is that it tends to create a little gap/eyelet. Normally it’s not visible (certainly not as extreme as a M1L or a yarn over), but you’ll see it when you stretch the fabric. You can also knit the lifted stitch (step 2) through the back loop. This helps closing potential gaps, but the increase will be quite a bit more visible then.
One other problem with the KRL is that you’ll find it’s almost impossible to knit with very fuzzy yarn (like mohair) or yarn with threads that easily split. Knit front slip back (KFSB) will be a viable alternative then.