Balanced Increase & Decrease Knitting Calculator

Trying to increase or decrease in a balanced manner in knitting requires enough math that it’s virtually impossible to do inside your head.

These knitting calculators take in your current stitch count, and how many stitches you then need to either increase or decrease by. After clicking the “Calculate” button, we provide a balanced way to change your project by the given number of stitches.

Use the calculators below to determine how to increase or decrease evenly across your row or round of knitting. This knit calculator does not divide this difference across a number of rows, nor does it estimate how much yarn you’ll need.

Current Stitch Count: This is the number of stitches (sts) you currently have on your needle.

Balanced Knit Increase Calculator

Balanced Knit Decrease Calculator

How to Read The Balanced Results

For example, if you were trying to decrease 20 stitches from a current stitch count of 200, then the result would look like this:

k4, (k2tog, k8) 19 times, k2tog, k4

And this is how you would read that result:

  • k4 = Knit 4
  • (k2tog, k8) 19 times = Knit 2 together, then knit 8 stitches. Repeat that sequence 19 times.
  • k2tog = Knit 2 together
  • k4 = Knit 4

Abbreviations Used

Abbreviations are often used to help shorten the instructions by shortening longer words or descriptions. Within this calculator, we use a handful of them, and their descriptions are below:

kKnit stitch
k2togKnit 2 stitches together; single right-leaning decrease.
M1Make one stitch knitwise; single knit increase.
() # timesThe number of times to repeat what is inside the preceding parenthesis.

How to Make 1 (M1): Pick up the bar between the stitch you knit and the one you’re about to knit, bringing the needle from front to back. You then knit into the back of the stitch.