A yarn over (yo) is a single increase, which forms a hole in the knitted fabric. It is the main increase used in lace knitting.
How to work a yarn over (yo)
- Bring yarn between needle tips to front of work
- Pass yarn over the right hand (RH) needle to back of work
The new loop over the RH needle is the new stitch. Proceed to work the next stitch following the pattern.
When working a yarn over after a purl stitch, (working p1, yo, k1) the yarn is already in the front of the work, so simply pass it over the top of the RH needle to the back of the work, then work the next stitch as usual.
When working a yarn over that is followed by a purl stitch, (working k1, yo, p1) you must bring the yarn between the needles to the front, then over the RH needle to the back, and then between the needles once more so it is in the front of the work, ready for the purl stitch.
Learn with a free pattern
Get started knitting lace with our free beginner pattern, the Gothic Lace cowl or scarf!
Learn lace stitches, how to follow a lace chart or text instructions and how to use markers to keep the pattern flowing smoothly with this simple and quick project. You may want to read how to block a lace shawl too – blocking is the final step that makes your knitted lace shine!
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