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Old 11-22-2009, 04:36 PM   #1
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Yarn Foward?
I'm trying to learn a new pattern and I just can't figure this one out.
The first row goes like this: edge st, *yf, k2tog; rep from* to last st, edge st.

What is an edge st?
I don't understand the yarn forward thing. How do you do that?
And how do you knit together? Wouldn't that cause you to decrease a stitch?

Please help!
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Old 11-22-2009, 05:13 PM   #2
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Edge stitch is a stitch along the edge that is either just to "frame" a pattern stitch or it could be used to sew the thing up. Did the pattern tell you what they wanted you to do for the edge stitch somewhere else? If not it could be a knit on the right side, purl on the wrong side if it is sewn up. It might be a knit on either side or it could be something like knit the last stitch of each row and slip the first stitch (like for a scarf).

K2tog is a decrease and will get rid of 1 stitch. But the yf (yarn forward) is an increase that evens things out. Yf is a yarn over in American terms (most of the time, and in this case). It is shown in the list of increases, I'm sure, on the video pages. (See the bar above for a drop down menu).

A yarn over is something that is done between stitches. In this case all you do is to bring the yarn to the front between the needle tips like you would if you were going to purl the next stitch. From that position you do the K2tog. This will cause an extra strand to be formed over the needle that is the yo inc. On the next row you treat it as a stitch.
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Old 11-22-2009, 05:14 PM   #3
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A YO or yarn forward (same thing) creates an increase. The knit two together (k2tog) is a decrease. You are doing the decrease to compensate for the increase with the yarn forward. This probably means that the YO is a decorative eyelet stitch.

And edge stitch is just the stitch on the edge.

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