Kb, k, pick up the bar increase and knit it twisted, or p1b, p1, pick up the strand between the sts and purl it twisted; a tutorial

The  kb, k, pick up the bar increase and knit it twisted, is the original CDI.  It’s solid, twisty, nice in a top-down raglan increase.  It looks very balanced, like two stitches sprouting evenly from the sides of the central stitch.  I met it first in Barbara G. Walker’s Knitting From the Top, and again in her list of symbols in Charted Knitting Designs, a third Treasury.  (Let me just fan-girl here; I love these books.  When I’m between novels, the various treasuries of knitting patterns have been my bedtime reading since Dad bought them for me for Christmas in 1990.  That’s a lot of bedtime reading.)

I used Kb, k, pick up the bar increase and knit it twisted for the knit-ish increases, and pb, p, pick up the bar increase and purl it twisted for the purl-ish ones.

The swatches were worked according to this pattern

front of Kb, k, pick up the bar increase and knit it twisted, or pb, p, pick up the bar increase and purl it twisted demonstration swatch

back of Kb, k, pick up the bar increase and knit it twisted, or pb, p, pick up the bar increase and purl it twisted demonstration swatch

Tutorial for k1b, k1, pick up the bar with the left needle and k1b into the bar.

Tutorial for p1b, p1, pick up the strand between the sts and p1b

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