KFB Mean In Knitting

KFB is an abbreviation that stands for Knitting in the front and back, meaning the knitter has to knit in the front and back of the exact stitch to increase the round/row by one stitch. In this article, we’ll show you how to use knitting in the front and back method to increase a stitch. This method is used in the Bisous Cardigan knotting kit and the Freya Fingerless Globes knitting kit.

Equipment/material needed for making KFB increase stitchesSteps in making KFB increase stitchesExamples of the fabric where KFB increase stitch method were used  
One set of knitting needlesKnit the first stitchBaby socks, underwear, t-shirts, leggings, sweaters, sport wears, polo shirts, cuffs, pants, and other garments
One skein of yarnKnit the second stitch 
 Finishing up the increase 

As a beginning knitter,  you have to understand that there are different ways to increase stitches number on your knitting needle. KFB otherwise known as knitting in the front and back is an easy method to increase the number of stitches in your project. KFB stitch practically helps to turn one stitch into two. As a beginning knitter, you might find decreasing and increasing of stitches a bit intricate, but you should not be discouraged, it’s not really that difficult.

Our article will offer you a step-by-step guide on how to efficiently knit front and back. Sweater patterns are where this stitch is often used. As a beginning knitter, you might find it a bit difficult to make your initial sweater at first, but you should know how to make stitches like the KFB to give you the basics needed to thrive in other patterns as well.

You need to choose the right needle size that you find easy to work with if you plan to master the KFB technique by working a sample swatch. It is highly recommended that you choose a simpler yarn that will be easier to work with than a professional yarn. Although you can decide to use any type of yarn for practice.

Any kind of yarn with fringe or frills will definitely be difficult to work with and to have the result of your practice. If you want your practice to be easier, stick to standard wool yarn in a color, which helps to make the stitches outstanding.

Equipment/tool that you’ll need

  • One set of knitting needles
  • One skein of yarn


Let’s check out the instructions for making KFB

1.Knit the first stitch

Create a knit stitch to begin a knit in the front and back increase, make sure you don’t slip the stitch off the left-hand needle.

2. Knit the next stitch

You will now have the previous stitch slid on the left-hand needle and the other stitch on the right-hand needle. To complete the increase, knit back into the previous stitch on the left-hand needle.

Just like the way you make stitches in the pretense loop, that’s the exact way that this stitch is made. The only difference is that you are making the stitch in the part of the loop behind the needle.

3. Finishing up the Increase

Now your right-hand needle has two stitches on it. To complete it, all you need to do is slide the former stitch off the left-hand need. After that, you would notice that a stitch has been increased.

Tip to make perfect KFB stitch

The gauge will definitely be impacted by how firmly you pull the yarn as you create the stitch. It is advisable that you should not make it too tight, so as not to have issues when you are working the needle into the yarn of the second needle.

Keep on knitting as our instructions direct once you have completed your increase. Also, there are always paired increases of this kind on both sides of any knitted item, such as a knitting bandana to create a triangular shape. Put at the back of your mind that increases on one side alone will make a slanted piece.

Some beginning knitters often think that either KFB and M1 can be submitted for the other, but that’s not right!

Quickly let’s check out for the differences between KFB and M1 stitches.

Both M1 and KFB so the same basic thing, which is increasing of stitches number on the needle. However, the two stitches behave and look quite different. The major difference between KFB and M1 is that M1 make increase between stitches without missing one to make another whereas the KFB uses one stitch to create another. Practically, let’s say you have four stitches on your knitting needle and you knit another filled by a KFB, then you will sure have to other stitched to knit but if you knit a stitch followed by an M1, then you have three other stitches to knit. Hope you get the logic!

This is a fundamental difference in a pattern because a KFB will make use of a row influencing how the pattern sequences are repeated and stitches are counted. Therefore, if a patter indicates a KFB increase, it will be good if you don’t substitute it with an make one stitch, and vice verse.

Even if they both increase stitches, M1 is not the same as KFB and a designer will certainly have good reasons for selecting an increase stitch over the other in a pattern. Besides, even if you have advanced mathematical skills, good enough to modify a pattern for an increase, it will be a bad decision since it will change the all-around feel and look of the item planned by the designer. 

Even if your mathematical skills are advanced enough to adjust a pattern for an alternate increase, doing so will change the overall look and feel of the item intended by the designer. From a perceptible point of view, M1 occasionally creates a small hole identical to yarn over but it might seem virtually invisible. However, a KFB also put a unique bar in a knitted fabric.  Furthermore, M1 stitches are rarely seen in patterns that involve numerous increase stitches in succession. This is because you are creating an M1 and multiple M1s back-to-backs by pulling on the horizontal loop between stitches which would tighten the row below (leading to picker fabric).

 Just like decreases, increase stitches are a significant aspect in knitting and while most knitters have their preferred method for increasing stitches, it is highly advised that you use the increase stitch indicated in a pattern. As a beginning knitter, to be sure about the type of increase stitch that you’re specified to use, carefully read through a pattern before starting, pay close attention to the stitch descriptions and abbreviation sections.

For help on reading and understanding patterns,  you can watch out for our subsequent blog posts. While M1 and KFB are distinct in practice, one is not really difficult than the other. You will be able to master both M1 and KFB easily with a little practice. After you’ve mastered the two increase stitch, you will be able to handle most pattern irrespective of the increase stitches needed.

Is K1FB the same as KFB in knitting?

The best method for increasing one stitch is the Knit one front and back, otherwise called K1FB in knitting. K1FB is not an invisible increase stitch method like the make one left or make one right. This increase stitch method is user-friendly and puts a small bar below the increase. K1FB increase method can be performed when you knit into the front of the stitch, then you leave the stitch on the left-hand needle, and then you knit the same stitch through the back. You can now drop the stitch from the needle. One thing I love about K1FB is that you can knit into that exact stitch more than time if you want to increase more stitch at once.

For a better explanation, follow the instructions below to knit a K1FB increase stitch.

First of all, start knitting the stitch through the front loop, or the stitch’s part in front of the needle, but make sure you do not slide the left-hand needle off. Instead of sliding the needle, locate the stitch’s back loop, or the stitch’s part behind the needle.

Note that the first stitch’s front loop on the left-hand needle is part of the stitch that moves in the needle’s front. The back loop is the stitch’s part that moves behind the needle.

Now, using your right needle, slip the needle’s tip through that back loop. This simply means moving your right-hand needle over the front loop that you just knit into, and down into the stitch’s middle, so that you can dive up through the back loop.

So, knit the stitch and slip it off the left-hand needle. Now you’re provided with two stitches where there used to be one.  

Examples of the fabric where KFB increase stitch method were used

Baby sock, underwear, t-shirts, leggings, sweaters, sport wears, polo shirts, cuffs, pants, and other garments.

Conclusion

Here comes the end of the article. We hope you now educated about what KFB means in knitting. Also, we hope you now know the differences between K1FB and KFB. Happy Knitting!

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