This tutorial is to support my new design, Essie shawl, which uses double yarn over in the lace section.
We have all probably encountered a single yarn over at some point, they are used in lace or to make button holes, you simply bring the yarn forward and knit the next stitch with the yarn going over the needle thus creating an eyelet. They are usually abbreviated as yo, yfwd, yf. Double yarn overs are the same thing just…well, doubled, which produces a larger eyelet. They are supper easy to make but the trick is to work back on them correctly. They are usually abbreviated as yoyo or yo (x 2).
To make a double yarn over
Bring the yarn forward in-between the needles, then wrap around the needle once more, then knit the next stitch as normal.
Working back on yarn overs
Normally, you would treat yarn over as a standard stitch and purl or knit it, but you can’t do that with double yarn over. If you purl or knit both strands you will end up with one super large eyelet, so you have to either purl the first stitch and knit the second or vice versa. What I recommend you do in Essie is purl the first stitch and knit the second through back loop.
- Purl the first stitch as normal, be very careful the second stitch does not jump off the needle.
- Take your yarn to the back of work in-between the needles.
- Knit the second stitch through back loop.
- Bring your yarn to the front of work in-between needles and continue to work on the rest of your stitches.
Hey presto! Double yarn over completed 😊
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