M5 (Make 5 from 1 Stitch)
This increase is used to begin the closed ring cables in the Margaree Harbour Shawl pattern. It provides a lovely smooth beginning to the bottom of these cables. M5 may be a bit of a misnomer because this procedure actually only creates 4 new stitches from one existing stitch. However, common usage and all that!
The M5 (Make 5 from 1) will be worked in the following stitch i.e. the knit stitch currently at the tip of the Left Needle (LN).
Insert Right Needle (RN) between next 2 stitches on LN i.e. the first knit stitch and the following purl stitch
and draw yarn through (creates 1 new stitch).
Place the drawn loop on LN, right leg in front.
Slip 2 stitches to the RN;
Insert the LN between first and second stitches on the RN;
Bring the yarn around the needle and
...draw the yarn through (second stitch made);
Slip 2 stitches from the RN to the LN;
Knit into the front, back and front of the next stitch (creating the 3rd and 4th new stitches);
This is the M5 completed. See below for a picture showing this increase once the next row is worked.
This is the M5 completed plus one more row worked so that the stitches are more visible. Making sure the first stitch made has the right orientation will make if lie properly as seen above, forming that lovely smooth base to the close ring cable.