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Old 11-26-2007, 07:55 PM   #1
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I've seen YO/yarn over mentioned in a lot of patterns (I still haven't actually figured out how to follow a pattern lol)

what does this mean and how do I ''yarn over''? Thanks a million!
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Old 11-26-2007, 07:57 PM   #2
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A YO is a yarn over increase. It's essentially an extra wrap of the yarn around the needle. If you're doing a YO before a knit stitch, bring the yarn to the front, and as you knit the next stitch, the yo will be created. If it's before a purl, you bring the yarn over the needle and to the front again before you purl the next stitch.

It creates an eyelet, and is often accompanied by a knit 2 together to compensate for the increase.

If you check out YO in the Glossary section, you'll find video.
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Old 11-28-2007, 06:57 PM   #3
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Okay thanks, what exactly is the point in doing this though? lol, sorry for appearing so clueless, but I kind of am lol!
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Old 11-28-2007, 08:03 PM   #4
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Like Ingrid said, it's an increase, so you're making a stitch. For example Grandma's favourite dishcloth seen here uses YO on the edges. This is knit by beginning with 4 stitches and adding stitches by doing YO. They create the holes on the edges. Then you decrease to create a diamond. It will be easier to understand once you try it out!
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Old 11-28-2007, 09:14 PM   #5
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It creates a decorative hole in a pattern. It also is used to create a buttonhole in knit fabric.
You can do multiple wraps with the yarn in a yarnover and get a very lacy open look in your pattern.
It is a very useful stitch and you will find it frequently in decorative patterns.
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