How to Do a Yarn Over in Knitting: Yarn Over and Knit On

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The yarn over in knitting is a technique used to create a new stitch and add holes or eyelets to your knitting project. To do a yarn over, bring the yarn to the front, then knit the next stitch. This creates a new loop on the needle. Yarn overs are often used in lace patterns or to create decorative edgings.

Yarn over is an easy technique that will help you create beautiful patterns with your knitting projects.

In this article, we’ll show you how to do a yarn over so you can get started on your next project. It’s simple: just bring the yarn to the front, then knit the next stitch and create a new loop on the needle.

With these few steps, you’ll be able to add texture and variety to your work in no time! Let’s get started!

Understanding the Basics of Yarn Over

If you want to add a touch of texture and style to your knitting project, learning the basics of yarn over is essential! A yarn over is one of the most useful techniques used in knitting.

It allows you to create extra stitches and decorative eyelets in the fabric. To do a yarn over, bring the yarn to the front of your work before working the next stitch on your needle. This creates a new loop that can be worked on subsequent rows.

When doing a yarn over, it’s important to pay attention to tension as this will affect how your project looks. Make sure that your knitting tension remains consistent by keeping an even tension in both strands of yarn.

If you are using multiple colors for each row, ensure that all colors remain at an equal tension so that they look uniform when woven together. Additionally, make sure not to pull too tightly on the yarn as this can cause it to bunch up and hinder its ability to move freely through your work.

Another factor to consider when doing a yarn over is how much space is between each loop or eyelet created in the fabric. Adjusting this spacing can help create interesting effects like lace patterns or intricate cables designs.

Be mindful of how much slack you leave between loops as too little may cause them to be too close together while leaving too much may create gaps between them resulting in an uneven finish on your project.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to start experimenting with different types of decorative stitches and textures for all kinds of projects! With practice and patience, soon enough you’ll have mastered creating beautiful loops with ease – adding flair and uniqueness into every piece you make!

Now that we’ve covered understanding the basics of making a yarn over, let’s get ready for preparing our materials for use!

Preparing the Yarn

To prepare your yarn for a yarn over, you’ll need to bring it up to the front and create a fresh loop on the needle. Before doing so, though, make sure the tension of your yarn is just right.

Too much tension can cause the stitches to become too tight, while too little tension can cause them to become too loose. If necessary, adjust your tensioning method until you get the desired result.

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Additionally, consider how you’re storing your yarn when preparing for a yarn over. It’s best to have your ball of yarn or skein within arm’s reach as it will be easier to access during the knitting process.

Now that you’ve ensured that everything is in order with regards to tensioning and storing your yarn, it’s time to move onto bringing the yarn up to the front and creating a fresh loop on the needle.

This step is simple enough: all you need do is pull some of the working thread forward so that it passes in front of the needle before knitting into it. Once this step is complete, you should have effectively created a new loop on the needle which will later be used for forming your knit stitch.

One thing worth noting here is that if there are multiple loops on one side of your knitting needle then this means that one or more extra loops were created somewhere along the way – likely due to an accidental ‘yarn over’! To avoid this issue altogether make sure not only that each stitch has been worked correctly but also pay close attention when bringing up the working thread from behind and pass it in front of any extra loops formed by accident before continuing with making a new loop on purpose!

With these steps now completed successfully you should now have everything ready for beginning work on an actual ‘yarn over’ stitch – just remember not to forget about adjusting both tension and storage beforehand!

Bringing the Yarn to the Front

Now that you’ve ensured the right tension and storage of your yarn, it’s time to bring it up to the front and create a fresh loop on the needle – so you can get started with your yarn over!

The process of winding your yarn is an important part of achieving the correct working tension for successful knitting. So, when you’re ready to begin a new row or stitch, make sure that your yarn is properly wound and held in place.

To bring the yarn to the front, start by finding where it’s attached to the back side of your knitting project. Usually, this will be at either side or near a corner.

With one hand holding onto this end of the yarn, use your other hand to gather all of its length together in one spot. Then, using both hands, simply lift up on this gathered section until all of it passes over whatever edge you have been working against.

This brings the entire length up and over so now it lies along what will become its new home – on top of other stitches already made.

Now that you’ve got everything in position, take hold of what has now become an extra-long loop at one end with both hands again. Then, guide each end through a single finger on each hand – making sure not to pull too tightly – until there’s enough slack for a snug fit around your needle tip next.

Once there’s enough room for inserting two fingers between each end and itself, then go ahead and slip them off from those fingers onto either sides if required before bringing them forward towards yourself before finally dropping down into place onto needle tip as desired or needed according to pattern instructions provided beforehand or being followed currently.

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With just these few steps taken care of properly, now comes time for creating something truly special; knitting up that very first stitch with just newly acquired knowledge recently gained here today!

Knitting the Next Stitch

With your newfound understanding of how to properly wind the yarn, you can now confidently move on to knitting the subsequent stitch and create something truly special!

Now that you’ve grasped the basics of reading patterns and learning terminology, it’s time to put those skills into action. Knitting a stitch is fairly straightforward – just insert your needle into the next loop, wrap the yarn around the needle once, then pull it through to form a new loop. This will be repeated until you have reached your desired length or number of stitches.

Before moving onto creating a new loop on the needle, make sure that you’re happy with how tight or loose each individual stitch looks as this will affect its overall appearance. If you’re unsure whether a stitch looks good or not, simply pull it slightly off its original shape and see if that helps improve its look.

Additionally, pay attention to where your yarn is coming from when knitting each stitch – should it always come from behind? If so, ensure that you bring it up in front before continuing on with the next one.

As mentioned earlier, knitting requires patience and practice, but with enough dedication and focus, anyone can become an expert knitter in no time at all! Paying close attention to detail can help prevent unnecessary mistakes, which could result in having to start over again at some point down the line. Ensure that your stitches are evenly spaced out and keep track of any complicated rows or pattern changes throughout your project.

With every finished piece comes another opportunity for growth as well, so don’t be afraid to push yourself further with each new task!

After mastering this step-by-step approach to knitting a simple stitch correctly and consistently, let’s transition into learning more about creating a new loop on the needle that will complete our current project…

Creating a New Loop on the Needle

Once you’ve got the hang of knitting a stitch, it’s time to tackle creating a fresh loop on the needle and make your project come alive!

Counting stitches and tensioning yarn are key parts of this step in the yarn over process.

To create a new loop on the needle, first thread your working yarn around to the back part of the needle. Then insert your right-hand needle into the next stitch from front to back. As you do this, wrap the working yarn over top of your right-hand needle so that it is now in front of both needles. You should now have two loops on your right-hand needle—one from when you inserted it into the last stitch and one from wrapping around with yarn.

Carefully move both loops onto your left-hand needle, making sure they don’t become tangled up or twisted together as you do so. Now you’re ready for finishing off your yarn over!

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In order to finish off successfully, carefully slide both loops off of your left-hand needle while maintaining their individual integrity—no twisting allowed! With both loops off of your left hand needle, drop them down away from each other and then pull gently but firmly on each one until they tighten up against each other without being too tight or loose. This creates two separate stitches where before there was only one—the result being an increase in size after completing a successful yarn over!

Once you’ve completed these steps correctly, all that’s left is continuing with whatever pattern or design you were previously working on.

From here onward, progress can be made quickly as long as careful attention is paid to tensioning and counting stitches during each subsequent loop created by doing another yarn over. As long as these basic principles are followed closely every time a new loop is needed for continued work on any project, success will soon follow!

Finishing the Yarn Over

After carefully tensioning and counting your stitches, you can finish your yarn over by delicately slipping the two loops off of your left-hand needle, ensuring their individual integrity before giving them a gentle pull to ensure they’re neither too tight nor too loose.

To make sure everything is in place, you’ll need to check the lacing of the yarn around the working stitch, look for any twists or gaps in the yarn, and adjust as needed to keep a consistent tension throughout.

You’ll also need to count the number of stitches on each needle after completing the stitch and ensure that there are still an even number of stitches on each one. If not, undo and rework until it’s even again.

Examine both sides of your work for any errors or inconsistencies in gauge or pattern, and make any necessary adjustments before continuing.

Once you have done all this, you can move forward with confidence knowing that your yarn over is complete and ready for use. You should now be able to continue with your knitting project without fear of unraveling or missing stitches. With practice and patience, mastering how to do a yarn over will become second nature!


You now know how to do a yarn over in knitting! It’s a simple process that only requires you to bring the yarn to the front, then knit the next stitch, creating a new loop on the needle.

With practice, you’ll find that this technique will become easier and faster with time. Interestingly enough, studies have shown that people who practice knitting experience lower stress levels and improved mental health.

So why not give it a try? You can enjoy both its practical uses and its calming effects. Give yourself some me-time and pick up those needles – you won’t regret it!

Katherine Pearce
Katherine Pearce
Katherine Pearce is a knitting enthusiast and the founder of With a deep passion for the craft, Katherine aims to make knitting accessible to everyone, regardless of their skill level. Through, she provides online tutorials and resources to help others discover the joys of knitting and develop their skills.

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