Saturday, April 10, 2010

How to Knit-One-Below (K1B)

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.

I have decided that it is high time that I create some videos to help you with this technique. Introducing... How to Knit-One-Below!

Video 1: Knit-One-Below (K1B) - This video shows the K1B stitch repeated across one row. This is not how you'd generally use the stitch as you frequently mix the K1B stitches with normal knit stitches (see video 2).

Video 2: Knit One, Knit-One-Below (K1, K1B) - This video illustrates the technique used in some of the free patterns by ChemKnits; alternating knit stitches with K1B stitches.

Other Knit-One-Below Tips:
  • The gauge of K1B fabric is looser than stockinette with the same yarn and needles. Make sure you swatch in the K1B pattern. Usually you end up needing smaller needles than you'd expect.
  • You need to either knit in the round or use straight needles with this technique. (On straight needles you may need to purl-one-below, but that is not shown in these videos.)


  1. The angle and speed of the movement make it very difficult to see what hole you're going into when you say "the stitch below". It would be good to rotate the camera up a bit, so your fingers aren't blocking the fabric and make the movement slow and smooth. I do appreciate the effor, however.

  2. thanks for the feedback. I'm new to filming knitting from the knitters perspective, so I'm always looking for ways to improve. :)

  3. Could you show how to set up the different colored yarn? Thanks!

  4. I was just asked this question on YouTube, too :)

    When I add a second color, I don't do anything special, I just pick up that strand of yarn and start knitting with it. Then when I'm finished with the project I weave in the loose end to secure it.

    The secondary color yarn travels up the side. I usually do K1B projects in the round, and then it is really simple to let the unused strand travel up. I do twist some if I am using more than 2 colors. (Google Knit one Below Beer Cozy at ChemKnits to see an example)

  5. Thank you for showing this! Helps a lot!

  6. I'm sorry but I'm not finding this helpful at all... your fingers cover up everything. I wish there were more videos of this technique.

  7. unable to see clearly because your fingers are covering the stitches and the movements are jerky...sorry

  8. Thank you for the feedback. These were two of my first knitting tutorials, and I have worked to improve on my filming technique in future videos.

  9. I have to respectfully disagree with the comments here. I thought the video illustrated it perfectly. This is a very cool technique. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Tabitha,
    Thank you so much for the support. It really means a lot to hear that people appreciate my work.


  11. What am I doing wrong...when I tried to knit in the stitch below after ending the row I have a long strand of yarn that is hanging in the back..???? o:

  12. Without seeing pictures of your knitting, or watching you do it, it is hard for me to really say what could be going wrong.

    Normally you don't k1b across a whole row, as I showed in one of the videos. When you k1b into a stitch, you will have a strand from the stitch dropped off. With K1, K1B fabric, the stitches will end up being much bigger than if you were to just knit stockinette, and this is due to the resulting looseness from effectively dropping a stitch.

  13. thanks! this helped a lot

  14. Have you taken your videos down? I don't see them here. I have Elise Duvekot's book but find some of it unclear and was hoping your videos would help.

    1. I have not taken the videos down. They are still up and running. (I just watched both of them embedded on this page.) Maybe try refreshing the page?

      You can find the two videos directly on YouTube at:

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