How to M1L and M1R and remember which is which!!

How to Make 1 Left (M1L) and Make 1 Right (M1R)

These are increases made on the knitted side of your work.

To make a M1L or a M1R, you will use this “bar” between two stitches.  It effectively adds a stitch by knitting this “bar” as if it was a stitch.


Step 1 in either a M1L or M1R is to pick this “bar” up. Whether you pick up from the front or the back will determine whether the stitch “leans” to the left or to the right.

How to Make 1 Left (M1L)



How to Make 1 Right (M1R)



How to remember whether it is a M1L or M1R

There are two ways to remember this:

  • The first one is that you make a M1R by picking up from the REAR (Right / Rear).
  • The other way is by looking at the “bar” you have picked up. 

In a M1R , the bar will lean to the right and in a M1L it will lean to the left (see picture below for M1L! 🙂 )


Hope that helps!! 🙂


5 Responses

  1. Thanks for the helpful tips. I used to always get them mixed up until I heard Stephen West use these cute little phrases to remember which is which:

    I’ll be “right back” = M1R


    I “left” the “front” door open = M1L

    Now I just mutter to myself while I’m increasing, which isn’t weird at all. LOL!

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