Thursday, August 9, 2012

How to Knit Into the Front and Back of a Stitch (KFB)

Knitting into the front and back of a stitch (the abbreviation in patterns is "KFB") is a simple and fairly common way to increase a stitch in your knitting.  One dear reader mentioned that they needed a little help with this particular stitch, so I thought I'd show you's used pretty frequently in my patterns, I rather like using it.

To knit into the front and back of a stitch, first knit to where you'd like to make the increase, or where it is indicated in the pattern,

then insert your needle into the stitch as normal,

and knit the stitch,

Now here's one important difference...

Don't push the stitch off your needle, but instead reach behind with your needle and insert it into the back of the stitch,

Wrap the yarn around the bottom needle (right hand needle) and knit that stitch too.

Now you can push that stitch off...

In the picture below, you can see the two stitches made from one stitch...note the little "bar" it creates.

In this picture I've knit a few rows so you can see what the stitch looks like...see the little horizontal bar?  

There you have it...the KFB stitch...happy knitting to you dear stitchers!


  1. Thank you so much for this! I've always discarded patterns that used this stitch because I struggled so much but you've made it so clear and simple!

  2. Thank you for all the time you give to us. I really appreciate your help. I returned to knitting and crochet after 40 years and had to relearn. You have been a great help. Pat In Indiana


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