Have you ever come across a knitting pattern or stitch pattern that calls for working a yarn over at the beginning of a row? In this video, Jen Lucas demonstrates how to work these yarn overs on both the Right Side and Wrong Side of the knitted fabric.
In most knitting patterns, a yarn over is worked in the middle of the fabric where it is locked in place by the two stitches on either side of it. When you have a pattern that calls for working the yarn over at the start of the row, it’s not as difficult as it seems. Jen works the yarn over at the beginning of the row as follows:
– Right Side: With yarn in front of right needle, bring yarn up and over the needle to the back and then knit the first stitch – yarn over has been created.
– Wrong Side: With yarn in back of right needle, bring yarn up and over the needle to the front and then purl the first stitch – yarn over has been created.
Jen also demonstrates how to work those yarn over stitches on subsequent rows. She notes that if a knitting pattern calls for a yarn over at the beginning of the row, the pattern should indicate how to work into that stitch on the subsequent row.
Would a yarn over at beginning of a row a good way to increase eg on sleeves?
You could use it for increasing on the sleeves – but you might find that you don’t like the look of it when it comes time to seam the sleeves. For sleeves, I typically like to work my increases 1 – 2 stitches away from the edge, so I have even stitches for seaming. But it really comes down to personal preference!
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