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Old 01-17-2011, 07:54 AM   #1
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YO/ vs Yarn Forward
Ist there a difference between a yarn over and yarn forward?
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:33 AM   #2
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YES.

A yarn over is an increase .... you are looping the yarn around the needle to create an extra stitch. The yarn goes all the way around the needle and back to the position it was in (for example, back to the knit position).

A yarn forward is NOT an increase, you are just bringing the yarn from the back of the work (in the position it would be to knit) to the front of the work (to the position it would be to purl). You are just bringing the yarn to the front by moving it between the tips of your needles ... the yarn doesn't go over the needle and make an extra loop.

There is a video on how to do a yarn over on the videos page in case you want to see it demonstrated.

Hope this helps clarify! Good luck!
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:42 AM   #3
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A yfwd might be the same as a YO, depends on what comes next. If it's a slip stitch that isn't a decrease, you just bring the yarn to the front and leave it, then move it to the back to knit further stitches. This is usually written as slip wyif (with yarn in front) though. So if it's a knit stitch or a knitted decrease next (k2tog, skp/ssk) then it's a YO.
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:43 AM   #4
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And sometimes a pattern will tell you to YF, and if it's followed by a knit, it will result in a YO. Just do the yf and take it from there.
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