The increase I’m showing you here can be used as a single or double increase. Like the knit-through-the-back increase, it makes new stitch(es) out of an existing stitch (make 1 is worked between stitches). The stitches, existing and new, can be either knit or purled, depending on your needs.
The crochet center cast-on is a way to create the initial set of stitches used for knitting from the center out. Stitches are cast on around a loop of yarn that can be cinched closed, instead of in a row that needs to be joined without twisting. With the circle already joined, double-pointed needles are less likely to fall out, making knitting from the center out just that much easier!
In this video, teacher and designer Beth Whiteside walks you through the basics of lace and openwork knitting. You’ll learn how to create a yarn over and a few different decreases, and then you’ll be on your way to making lace today! Read Beth’s tutorial “Learn the Basics of Lace & Openwork,” then jump in and make her Lacy Tank & Skirt featured in this video.