Thursday, September 24, 2009

What does M1 mean to you?

I'm plowing away on my Diamond Yoke Cardigan; I've finished the body and most of one sleeve. After my initial problems, it's been going pretty well, but now I've stumbled again. The problem? M1.

What does M1 mean to you? I've discovered it means different things to different people. For example, when you say M1 to my bff, Theresa, she'd probably think of the BMW concept car:

But my boyfriend would automatically envision the rifle:

And his son's definition would be that wacko motorcycle he dreams of owning:

To my nephews, I bet M1 would be a smartphone:

But what is an M1 to a knitter?

For me, M1, or make 1, has always meant knitting an increase stitch using the strand of yarn between two stitches. This is how The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crocheting instructs (and the way I've done it for 30+ years).

But to other knitters, M1 apparently can mean a different kind of increase. In this rendition, you knit into the front and back of a stitch to increase one. (See eHow for a fuller description of this technique, or visit the Cabin Fever Sisters blog for a terrific explanation of the different ways to knit m1.)

I'm not sure what the folks at Classic Elite intended, but I now have rows of little holes on all the increase rows.

I'm not sure how I feel about this; it looks a bit lacy, but I wouldn't have designed it this way myself. Now I'm faced with three choices:

  1. Frog the damn thing to death and start the increase rows over

  2. Wait until I'm done and then sew up all the holes

  3. Leave it the way it is and have just have it irritate me forever

I'm not sure which solution I will choose. I'm inclined to just keep going because I want to finish this cardigan and move onto other projects. But my jury is out.

Meanwhile, please don't ask me why I had to knit six or seven increase rows before I realized it bugged the living crap out of me. All I can say is that I knit at night when it's darkly lit and I'm tired. And I'm old and menopausal. Do any or all of these excuses work?

In my final observation of the day, I will remind you that my profession is graphic design and branding. This qualifies me to declare that any company that names their product "M1" is nuts. Look at how many things already mean M1 - and I'm sure there are more. Find another product name, guys - one that half the people on the planet don't already associate with something else!


  1. The sweater is nice, Julie, but I would definitely go with option 1 if it were me and my personality! The holes are very noticeable to be honest, and sewing them would look like you sewed them. Not all, mind you..I'd frog too the beginning of the diamonds.
    The fact that it bothers you NOW means that it will bother you EVEN MORE 3/4 through and it will never be finished or if finished, never worn. BEEN THERE!

    I find that increasing by picking up the strand between leaves holes.

    The next best which I like to use is KfB or Pfb which leaves a smaller hole.

    This summer I was watching a dvd by E Zimmermann and she swears by the backward loop cast on for anywhere in the row or round being knitted and she said it leaves no hole. Ya know what? She was right! Perfect every time. The easiest too.
    I NEVER use this for the initial Cast On for a project because it causes a long strand between the stitches in the first row, but it is EXCELLENT for m1.
    Here is a video.


  2. ps ...this summer there was a yahoo post on this very subject and I swore by kfb....but that was before I began to take EZ's advice.
    BTW..if you haven't seen her KNITTING WORKSHOP DVD or video(part 2 for sweaters) it is great! The sweaters are old time folk sweaters, but the tips she has to offer are invaluable!
    I got it from the local library.
    It's called THE KNITTING WORKSHOP. I am in queue for the seems this library network only has 1 copy of each of her publications and there is always a long waiting list. I want to browse through it before I buy it.

  3. you yarn overed simple for now on wrap the other way for increasing.