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Old 03-17-2011, 12:59 PM   #1
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Need help with YOs, please
I know a yo is supposed to be easy, but I'm just not understanding this.

Well, I've got the whole part about wrapping the yarn over the needle, but why do the videos give one method for Continental knitting and two methods for English? Is the method for yos and purling using Continental missing from the video?

What I'm mainly confused about is do you wrap the yarn differently for different stitches (or before or after different stitches?), and if so, WHEN and HOW should it be wrapped differently?

Maybe someone could start from the top and explain this to me.

By the way, I use the Continental method.

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Old 03-17-2011, 01:11 PM   #2
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There are only two videos for a basic YO..one for continental and one for english. (The third one you mention is probably the afterthought YO which is different.)

The method for a knit stitch and a purl stitch are different, but how you do them is basically the same for continental and english. The reason there are 2 videos is because you old the yarn differently so it makes it easier for someone who's learning.

When you make a knit YO you are bringing the yarn to the front and then knitting so it creates that extra loop.

When you purl the yarn comes forward already so to make a YO you have to bring the yarn forward then up and over the top of the right needle and back forward between the needles.

It'll make sense when you do it.
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:41 PM   #3
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Jan, you're right: there are only two videos, but the English video gives two methods for how to do a YO and the continental only gives one; hence, my confusion!

So, how do I know when to do a "knit YO" and when to do a "purl YO"?
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:47 PM   #4
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Okay, I just watched both videos. She shows both and knit and purl YO on both videos. It's just in how it's accomplished for continental and english knitters because of the way they hold the yarn.

You do a knit YO if the stitch after it is a knit. You do a purl YO if the stitch after it is a purl.
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Old 03-17-2011, 02:10 PM   #5
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You make a YO just like you make a knit or purl st, wrapping the yarn around the same way. The only difference is the R needle isn't inserted into a st on the L needle when you do a YO.
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Old 03-17-2011, 03:02 PM   #6
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A yarn over is just that a yarn over ... whether on a knit row or purl row. If you do it incorrectly it will slant /; if you do it correctly it will slant \
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Thanks to everyone for all the help. I *think* I've got it . . . maybe!
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