Yarn Over (yo)

A yarn over is a simple increase that creates a lovely hole and is the basis for lace knitting. You may have made a yarn over my mistake, but in lace knitting we create holes with a purpose. Both yarn overs before a knit stitch and purl stitch are demonstrated in this video.

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24 Comments

  1. Rosa Aranzabal
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Can you show me how to knit this?
    K1(K1,(yo,K1)7 times ) all in the same stich (15 stiches)

  2. Posted May 26, 2012 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Watch my Bobbles video to see how this type of increasing is executed. Good luck!

  3. Cheryl Lamers
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    I am working the third building block and when I do my row 7, I have an extra stitch at the end. Am I supposed to knit that stitch?

    This stitch is right before I would start my seed stitch for the last four stitches.

    Thank you.

  4. Posted December 7, 2012 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Thanks for knitting Building Blocks with me! In Block #3 you have an even number of stitches in the Body of the square. Working across Row 7 you will knit two stitches together (k2tog) and then make a yarn over (yo). The k2tog takes away one stitch and the yo replaces it keeping your stitch count consistent. Count to be sure that you have the correct number of Body stitches (40) and don’t forget to work that last yarn over at the end of the Body before working the last 4 seed stitches in the row. I hope this helps!

  5. Cheryl Lamers
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for your response. I did realize what I was doing wrong! I was thinking that a ‘yo’ included a knit stitch. I finally realized that a ‘yo’ is literally just bringing the yarn from back to front and doesn’t include a stitch!! 🙂

    Thanks again!

  6. Pat
    Posted December 29, 2012 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    My pattern calls fro “YO, sl 1, k2 together…”

    So not a knit OR purl stitch immediately following the YO. I’m getting a funny looking thing – a long horizontal length of yarn. Any ideas? Thanks!

  7. Posted December 29, 2012 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Even though the slip stitch immediately follows the yo, the next stitch actually worked is a knit stitch so proceed to yo as you would before a knit stitch. The yo will be a bit elongated due to the slip stitch in between the yo and k2tog. If this bothers you then make a yarn over by wrapping the working yarn over the needle and then back to the original knit position in a clockwise motion. (This is the opposite direction of the yarn over before a purl stitch.) Hope this helps!

  8. matt
    Posted March 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    My wife purchased an autographed copy of your building blocks and I am very new to this but in block #11 row 1 is…p3,yo your demo is from a knit position to yarn over ummm am i missing something how do I move my yarn from purl.

  9. Posted March 17, 2014 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for knitting Building Blocks with me! I think you are referring to Block #10. If you are a Western-style knitter (yarn held in right hand), a yarn over after a purl stitch and before a knit stitch is created by leaving the yarn in front after working the purl stitch. In other words, a yarn over before any knit stitch is formed with the working yarn held to the front as you knit the following stitch. In this row, the yo is followed by an ssk which is considered a knit stitch. Hope this helps!

  10. matt
    Posted March 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    YES. you are correct, #10 is the ssk square sorry. This is my first knitting project, does it show? So for row 1: P3,*yo, SSk, k1, yo, ssk I have been able to figure out k1, yo, ssk with the help of your video the yarn is just brought under and worked, but do i understand your response to mean after pearling the yarn is in the right position and then ssk. In other words yarn over means leave yarn in front and slip slip knit.

  11. Posted March 17, 2014 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    You are correct!

  12. sue townsend
    Posted November 10, 2014 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    I am on building block #10. row 1 says to P3, yo, SSK, k1, ssk, p3. After P3, the yarn is already in front, so how do I yo before SSK. Also, what is the difference between SSK and ssk

    Thank you

  13. Posted November 10, 2014 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Thanks for knitting Building Blocks with me! After the p3, just leave your yarn in front to form the yo as you are working the ssk. There is no difference between SSK and ssk – just a typo.

  14. Posted December 3, 2014 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Could you show me how to p1. yo. p1? Thank You

  15. Posted December 4, 2014 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    In the end of the video, I demonstrate how to work a yo before a purl stitch. Fo you, simply purl, then work the yo before a purl stitch as shown in the video and then purl. I hope this helps!

  16. Kathleen
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    Hi,

    I see above, that someone who was working on block number 3, had an issue with a “lonesome” stitch, immediately before the last 4 seed stitches, on tow 7. I had the same issue. If I did another yo, then it would not be 48 stitches anymore, but, it would’ve made it a grand total of 49, (with one last yo). Before my last 4 seed stitches. Please help.:/. I ended up pearling the lonesome stitch, so that I could seed stitch, K1, p1, the last four. I don’t think it’s correct, though. I knit the next two rows, and don’t want to continue, until I figure out this situation, with your help.

    Thank you in advance, to your prompt help with this issue.

    Best regards,

    Kathleen

  17. Posted January 23, 2015 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    Thanks for knitting Building Blocks with me! In Block #3 there are 40 stitches in the Body of the square + 8 seed stitches (4 on each side). In Row 7, seed stitch the first 4 sts, then knit two stitches together (k2tog) and then make a yarn over (yo) 20 times always think of this as a pair, then seed the last four stitches. The k2tog takes away one stitch and the yo replaces it keeping your stitch count consistent. Many knitters start counting to themselves that it is yo then k2tog, but it is k2tog then yo. Count to be sure that you have the correct number of Body stitches (40) and don’t forget to work that last yarn over at the end of the Body before working the last 4 seed stitches in the row. I hope this helps!

  18. Kathleen
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    I figured it out this morning, after sleeping on it!:). Thank you, for your help!:)

  19. Laura Powers
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Hello,

    I am on the final block of your book and I have a question about reading the pattern because sometimes I get confused with yarn overs. So, in ROW 3 it says: “K2 *k2tog,(k1, y0) twice, k1…”
    I am having trouble picturing how this goes, exactly. I got to the end of my row and my stitch count was wrong so I know that I am not understanding how to read the parenthetical part. Do you execute a knit stitch, yo and then k1 and that’s it for the “twice?”

    Sorry to be a bother; I have NO idea how you might be able to explain this to me, but I’m hoping you’ll be able to.

    I love your book and what I’ve accomplished and am looking forward to Building in Color (I bought that book already).

    Thank you,
    Laura

  20. Posted February 22, 2015 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    Thanks for knitting with me! In Row 3, knit two stitches and then begin the repeat. *knit two together, (knit one, yarn over, knit one, yarn over), knit one……

  21. Margaret Gillespie
    Posted May 17, 2015 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I am knitting a star lace pattern and on row 17 k1,yo,ssk.k7,k2tog,yo but when I do the yo, ssk I get a hole which according to the picture there is no hole there what am I doing wrong I think it is when I do the yo before the ssk

  22. Posted May 18, 2015 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    The yo should leave a hole. Perhaps the picture just doesn’t highlight the hole enough. If you have the correct stitch count then I would assume you are working the pattern correctly. Each yo replaces one of the decrease stitches in the ssk and k2tog.

  23. Roz Henderson
    Posted May 27, 2015 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    I’m working on Building Block #4 and I’m on Row 3. The directions say: yo, k2tog tbl. Do I do a yo and then knit a stitch before doing the k2tog tbl?
    Thank you,
    Roz

  24. Posted May 27, 2015 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    No, just make a yarn over then k2tog tbl. If you are a western style knitter (throw the yarn with your right hand) then bring the working yarn to the front between the needles and the yarn over will form as you execute the k2tog tbl. If you are a Continental knitter (yarn held in left hand and you pick the stitches) then yarn over as usual by scooping up the yarn onto your right needle. Be sure to watch my Yarn Over video for clarification. Happy knitting, Michelle

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