Is Yf (yarn forward) a form of increase knitting ?

by Judy
(Hackettstown, NJ USA)


I was just reading a pattern that states: Increase Row, change to the longer needles *yf, k1; Repeat from * to the end.

Is Yf a form of increasing the row? This pattern is for a toddler skirt. I understand yf is yarn forward, but then I would have to knit so then I would be performing a yarn over correct? I am a little confused since I am not a professional knitter.

Thank you,



Hi Judy,

Yf and yo are the same in this case. Knitting yf, k1 repeatedly will increase number of stitches by double. Yes, it is like doing *yo, k1; and repeat. You understood it correctly.

Thank you for the question,


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Nov 05, 2014
Toddler skirt
by: Carolyn

I am knitting this skirt too Judy. How did you do the increase *yf,k1 after a row of purl? I am very new to knitting. I do not understand how to start this increase row as directed.





I got your question yesterday about this skirt. I'm going post and answer it here.

Here is your question;

" Hello, I am a beginner knitter. My first big project is your easy skirt for toddler. I have knitted the first 5 rows, 6th row purl, rows 7thru 20 knit and 21st row purl. Next direction is to increase row *yf,k1. How do I start this. My yarn is already forward as I finished last row in purl. I'm to wrap yarn around than knit one. I have googled the stitch yf,k1 but everyone has started with the last row a knit."

Now, you already have yarn in the front, so your "yf" is already done. Next, you knit by bringing the yarn over the right needle and wrap the needle. This will create an eyelet and form a new stitch.

Please take a look at;

or watch the video below (it shows example of "yf, k1")

I hope this helps. Let me know if you need more help.

Thank you for your question,


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