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How to Knit the Knit Front and Back Increase (KFB)

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the knit front and back increase (kfb). Also known as the K1FB increase or the bar increase, this technique adds a stitch to your knitting to hep shape it for things like, hats, socks, or the sleeves of a sweater. It is a great way to increase ribbing because it is almost invisible in pattern.

Also known as:K1FB


Step 1: Knit the first stitch on your main needle.

Step 2: Before taking the stitch off the main needle, insert the tip of your working needle into the backside of the loop and knit it through the back loop. Then pull the stitch off the needle.

Example of the Knit Front and Back Increase (kfb)

Example of the Knit Front and Back Increase (kfb)



  1. gayle

    June 14, 2013

    My pattern calls for kfbk does this mean I am increasing my row by two?
    My next row is purl 3 together = makes bobble stitch.

    • Johnny Vasquez

      June 23, 2013

      That sounds right.