How to Yarn Over (YO)

A yarn over (abbreviated YO in patterns) is one way to increase the number of stitches in a row, or it can be used as a decorative stitch because it creates an eyelet hole in the knitting, as shown above. Essentially a yarn over is when you wrap the right needle with yarn but then don’t work that stitch, and instead continue on to the next stitch. However, it’s important to wrap the yarn the correct direction, which is demonstrated in the video below. Spoiler – you always wrap counter clockwise unless the pattern tells you otherwise.

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The following patterns use yarn overs as part of the lace work:

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