What is the difference between a yarn over and a yarn around needle?

by M.



Question - What is the difference between a yarn over and a yarn around needle ?




Hi M,

Yarn over (YO)is when yarn is moved over to the another side either front or back depending where the yarn is. Yarn round needle (yarn around needle or YRN is when yarn is wrapped around the working needle instead of just passing it over to the other side.

For example,
When knitting lace or eyelet on the knit side, direction may say, k 1, yo, k1.
So you knit one, then bring yarn over to the front, and then knit 1 while the yarn still at front. This creates an eyelet and therefore make 1 increase stitch.

On the other hand, if you wanted to do an eyelet similar to the above example but on the purl side, direction may say, p1, yrn, p1.
So you purl 1, then wrap yarn around the needle once and purl 1 st again.

Yrn is also used often when making edging to create double or triple increase.
It depends one the pattern, sometimes you'll see yrn 2 x or yrn 3 x.

I hope this helps.


Here is a video on YRN (yarn round needle)

Here is a video on YO (yarn over)

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