What is the Kfb in knitting? By Janice Jones |Published 09-18-2023
Most knitting abbreviations such as the kfb must seem alien to the beginning knitter, but they don't need to sound like a foreign language for long. In fact, the kfb, or knit front and back is actually a very easy knit increase to master.
The kfb in knitting is a type of knitting increase where you need to add additional stitches in a row or round. Kfb stands for knit front and back and it is created just like the abbreviation suggests. I have also seen it abbreviated as “K1fb” (knit 1 front and back) or “K1f&b” (knit 1, front and back).
The KFB stitch creates a subtle bump in the fabric. Since this stitch creates a little bump or bar, it is also called a bar increase.
This stitch is commonly used in patterns that require gradual shaping, such as raglan sleeves or simple lace designs. It is also a popular choice in sweaters when there is a section of ribbing at the bottom edge.
The pattern directions often read, “increase evenly across row in the last row of ribbing.” The increases are noticeable but less so when hidden in the last row of ribbing.
But before we delve into the intricacies of the KFB stitch, let's take a moment to understand the concept of increases in knitting. Increases are used to add stitches to your knitting, creating a wider or more rounded shape.
They can be necessary when knitting garments with shaping, such as sweaters or hats, or when working on intricate patterns requiring extra stitches.
There are several ways to increase stitches in knitting, including yarn overs, make one (M1), and the KFB stitch. Each method has unique characteristics and purposes, but today, we'll focus on the KFB stitch.
Now that we have a basic understanding of the KFB stitch let's dive into the step-by-step process of making it. Follow these instructions, and you'll increase stitches like a pro in no time!
Congratulations! You've completed the KFB stitch. Repeat these steps for each stitch you want to increase.
The kfb (knit front and back) is always done on the knit side of the fabric, whereas, if you see pfb (purl front and back) you know that you will be making an increase on the purl side of the fabric.
The KFB stitch offers several benefits, making it a popular choice among knitters. Firstly, while not entirely invisible, it does blend with the surrounding stitches. This works especially well when making increases within ribbing.
The KFB stitch is also relatively easy to execute, making it suitable for knitters of all skill levels. Whether a beginner or an experienced knitter, you’ll find the KFB stitch a breeze to incorporate into your projects.
Furthermore, the KFB stitch creates a sturdy increase that is less likely to stretch out or distort over time. This makes it an excellent choice for garments that need to maintain shape, such as sweaters or socks. With all these benefits, it’s no wonder the KFB stitch is a favorite among knitters!
The beauty of the KFB stitch lies in its versatility. It can
be used in various ways to achieve different effects in your knitting projects.
Here are a few ideas to inspire you:
Experiment with the KFB stitch in your knitting projects and discover its endless possibilities!
While the KFB stitch is relatively straightforward, knitters can make a few common mistakes. Being aware of these pitfalls ensures your KFB stitch increases turn out beautifully every time. Here are some mistakes to avoid:
While the KFB stitch is an excellent method for increasing stitches, it's not the only technique available. Depending on your project and preferences, you may find alternative methods more suitable for your needs. Here are a few popular methods for increasing in knitting:
1. Yarn overs: Yarn overs create an eyelet hole and are commonly used in lace patterns. They involve wrapping the yarn around the needle without knitting or purling into a stitch. Yarnovers are a versatile way to increase stitches and can be used decoratively or functionally.
2. Make one (M1): The make one (M1) increase is another common method in knitting. It involves picking up the horizontal loop between stitches and knitting into it, effectively creating a new stitch. Make one increases are nearly invisible when done correctly and are often used in patterns that require a subtle increase.
3. Lifted increases are made by lifting the horizontal strand between stitches onto the left needle and knitting into it. This method creates a tidy and almost invisible increase. Depending on the desired effect, lifted increases can be worked either on the same row or the next row.
These are just a few alternative methods for increasing stitches in knitting. Experiment with different techniques and find the ones that suit your knitting style and project requirements.
Congratulations, my fellow knitters! You've now conquered the KFB stitch and demystified its secrets.
We've covered what the KFB stitch is, how to make it step by step, the benefits of using it, different ways to incorporate it into your knitting projects, common mistakes to avoid, alternative methods for increasing in knitting, tips for using the KFB stitch in your patterns, and fantastic resources to help you master this stitch.
Remember, practice makes perfect, so grab your needles and start experimenting. The KFB stitch opens up a world of possibilities for creating beautiful and intricate knitting projects. So go forth, my friends, and may your knitting adventures be filled with joy and creativity!