Increases: A yarn over is a common way of
increasing the number of stitches. It is the simplest
increase made between two existing stitches. On
following rows, the yarn over will be knitted, making
a new stitch. There is a disadvantage to this though.
A small hole (eyelet) is created where the yarn over
is. This hole can be diminished by twisting the yarn
over stitch which will be a result similar to a make1
Elongated stitches: You can knit a row of
elongated stitches that will result in a horizontal
stripe. However, when this row is combined with a
yarn over on the next row, it will create a diagonal
stripe. Because you can make long elongated stitches
when combined with a yarn over several rows later,
could create a pattern for flower petals on the
Lace: Yarn overs are common in lace since this is
a way of creating holes that will hold securely in
Plaited stitch: Yarn overs will result in a
plaited stitch when it is knit in the next row. Since
loom knitted works the back loop of the stitches,
this is generally how our yarn overs are done.
Tucked stitch: Yarn overs are a fun way to slip
stitches without passing the yarn over the front or
back. A combination of a yarn over and a slipped
stitch will result in a tucked stitch where the yarn
is slipped over the slipped stitch instead of
slipping in the front or back. These tucked stitches
are the basis of brioche knitting.
It is important to setup your row of stitches
before knitting off so that the yarn overs, slipped
stitches, etc. will be in the proper place. Trying to
do it as you go will make knitting some of the stitches
difficult to impossible.
Pick up the wrap on one peg and place it on
the peg next to it. There is now an empty peg
and either a peg with two wraps or the rest all
have one wrap.
If the yo is used to increase the fabric,
there will be one wrap on each peg except
for the empty peg where the yo is worked;
if the yo is used to create lacy fabric,
there will be one empty peg where the yo is
worked, two wraps on a peg to the left or
right of the yo and the rest of the pegs
will have one wrap.
Make sure to wrap the empty peg when
knitting the row to knit off in the next