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How to work a yo – yarn over increase

June 6, 2014
Raindrops Pullover by Tin Can Knits

Raindrops Pullover by Tin Can KnitsA 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) ::: 2 steps

  1. Bring yarn between needle tips to front of work
  2. 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.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Jayna Stott permalink
    March 9, 2018 2:18 pm

    How to make a yo as the first stitch of every round?

    • March 12, 2018 1:37 pm

      Hi Jayna – for the beginning of a round it is just the same as any other spot, you wrap the yarn around the right hand needle.

  2. Trudy permalink
    April 1, 2016 7:34 am

    Hi there! I just purchased the ‘bounce’ blanket pattern, have checked your tutorials on yarn overs, but am unsure how to do this on the WS – yo between purl stitches…would you kindly advise me? tia :)

    • April 4, 2016 2:25 pm

      Hi Trudy – yo’s are exactly the same on the purl side. You just need to remember to bring the yarn around the right needle and all the way back to the front of the work, ready to purl again.

  3. March 26, 2016 5:49 am

    Is there a certain way that the yarn over should be worked in the next row or is it dependent on the pattern? I have tried to work lace with no luck. When the pattern calls for knitting or pearling into the yarn over in the next row, I have no idea where to put my needle to make the stitch…is there a trick?

    • March 29, 2016 12:18 am

      Hi Lisa – it will be pattern dependent. Some will have you knit into it and some purl. A yarn over should be treated just like any other stitch, so you are putting your needle in the same way you usually would.

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