Knitting yarn overs for experienced knitters are pretty basic, right?
But if you’re a new knitter , tackling yarn overs in your knitting may seem intimidating. Don’t let it! Almost from the very earliest knitting you do, you learn how to knit a yarn over- whether you realize it or know what to call it!
Remember those little holes that just cropped up out of nowhere? You knit a yarn over when you did that.
A yarn over is simply an extra stitch created by wrapping the yarn around the needle where there was no stitch before. It happens naturally when you move from a knit stitch to a purl stitch and forget to move the yarn to the front first – which is where it needs to be to make the purl stitch, right? It can also be created when you move from a purl stitch to a knit stitch and forget to move the yarn to the back.
Because it creates a stitch where there wasn’t one before, it is a form of increase. If an increase isn’t the intention, the yarn over will be preceded or followed by a decrease, such as knitting or purling two stitches together.
This Knitted Washcloth Trio is a great way to overcome your fear of yarn overs if you’re a new knitter. And it’s a wonderful addition to your pattern collection no matter what your level.
Or try out some Chevron stitches, another popular form of decorative yarn overs in knitting.
Sally’s favorite scarf is a fun one to knit and great for using up stash yarns, too!
Here are a few other options for practicing your yarn overs!