Techniques in Depth: The Humble Yarnover

June 26, 2019

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  • Outstanding….as always! Thank you!

  • Thank you!!! This is so clear and very helpful!

  • These instructions are just wonderful but the last paragraph gave me a good laugh! Nice way to start the day. Thanks so much.

  • Very helpful. I knit a sweater last year that had a nice pattern on the back which required a lot of yarnovers. I was unable to get them even so I had to leave the pattern out. Bookmarking this one! 🙂

  • Okay! Thank you! Now I know what I did wrong on my pattern for first row. I solved it by knitting the yarn over between the knit stitches together with the knit stitch! But I was wrapping it the wrong way. Ending up with 7 stitches in my “ring stitch” instead of the 4 I was supposed to have! Took it out 3 times and couldn’t figure out why I had 140 extra stitches! When I did the k2 together it gave me the right number of stitches!

    I just need to wrap in the clock wise direction when I was going counter clockwise!


  • Thank you so much for this! A great resource.

  • Brilliant, you cover all the bases – many thanks!

  • I often have thought that I might be doing yo’s wrong because they never seem to look like the pictures. But now, once and for all, after having seen Kate’s video, I know I am doing them right! (My problem may be gauge. It wouldn’t surprise me:-).

  • Another way to deal with some YO’s that are larger than others is to work the YO ‘through the back loop’ on the following row. This twists and tightens the stitch … actually ‘gives it a yank’ just like your summary! Thanks for explaining this geometrically and logically.

    • Kathy: Your solution is very logical, but there can be a little bit of an issue with it, in some circumstances. If you twist the yarnover, it won’t look the same as a “standard” one. If it’s in an inconspicuous place, or you’re not needing to match it with the other types of yarnovers, or there aren’t a lot of them, then it’s perfect. But if it’s mixed in with others, or very visible, it might not be the look you’re aiming for.

  • Thank you so much! I’m in the process of knitting a shawl and was making those darn yarnovers way too difficult for myself.

  • So, so helpful! I’ve often disliked the look of a YO, but didn’t know why. Thank you!

  • Absolutely WONDERFUL! Thank you for the systematic and logical explanation with great videos and drawings. I have always known there was a difference, but could not remember what it was. This absolutely clicked with me.

  • Thank you, this is the first clear and detailed explanation I’ve found of how different all the yarn over moves are – and thank you also for using chunky yarns and big needles, so one can *see* what’s being done.

  • Thank you Kate. This was a very clear explanation.