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Knit One Below (K1B)

Updated on August 30, 2013

The Art of Knitting Into the Stitch Below

I love the Knit-One-Below (K1B) technique. The book Knit One Below: One Stitch, Many Fabrics by Elise Duvekot is phenomenal, and I highly recommend reading it or even buying it. I have designed a couple of patterns that utilize this technique: The K1B Baby Hat uses a single color, allowing you to reduce pooling with a variegated yarn. The K1B Beer Cozy uses multiple colors in a checkered stripe pattern, a great way to mix remnant yarns.

Knit One Below: One Stitch Many Fabrics

Free K1B Patterns - by ChemKnits

As of Nov, 2010 I have designed two patterns with the K1B technique. I plan to add more patterns in the upcoming year.

(The photo to the right shows that the wrong side of K1B fabric is just as beautiful as the right side!)

Knit-One-Below (K1B) across a whole row

Knit-One-Below (K1B) is a knitting technique that allows you to create vertical stripes, mix up variegated yarns and more. To see free patterns using this technique, check out www.chemknits.com. Normally you wouldn't use this technique across an entire row, you would alternate K1B stitches with K stitches. I made this video to help illustrate the technique.

Knit One, Knit-One-Below (K1, K1B)

K1B is a knitting technique that allows you to create vertical stripes, mix up variegated yarns and more. To see free patterns using this technique, check out www.chemknits.com.

K1B Baby Hat

K1B Baby Hat
K1B Baby Hat

I found some beautiful cotton that had a great variegated color pattern. The only reason why I don't enjoy dealing with multicolored yarns is that you never know how the pooling of colors will occur. The K1B technique allows you to mix up the colors, and gives you a pseudo fair isle loo to your project.

What would you like to see made with the K1B technique?

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      Lemming13 6 years ago

      Mittens and scarf - I think it would make great winter woollies!

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      I've been knitting forever, although it is not a science with me just a hobby that I love, but I am intrigued by this stitch. I enjoyed your informative videos as well. Very nice. thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A sweater