Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Knitting has many techniques that evolve into wonderful patterns and one of the easiest is the YARN OVER, which can create lacy little holes in a pattern. Little holes may not sound too go so here is a picture of the Feather and Fan stitch which uses yarn overs:
The Feather and Fan is a very easy pattern for beginners to learn and the things you make with it come out beautiful. There is one in my D is for Dishcloth and an adorable afghan can be made with it. The other stitches in the pattern are knit and purl and knit 2 together. Here is how to do the yarn over with diagrams no less.


Knit to Knit:
1. If you are on a knitting row then bring the yarn from the back of the work to the front between the two needles. Knit the next stitch, bringing to yarn to the back over the right needle. (look at diagram) This is also used as an increase stitch and on buttonholes.

Purl to Purl:
2. If the yarn over is called for on a purling row then leave the yarn at the front of the work. bring the yarn to the back over the right needle and to the front again, purl the next stitch.

Now isn't that easy, let's go out and Feather and Fan for shawls and other nice summer items.


  1. I think I remember how to do that!

    I’m hosting Z to A in May, but I’m blogging at: Ross County Roundup

  2. Marie Anne, There is a crochet technique for it too, but I obviously don't know that.

  3. There is nothing that reminds me that I'm all thumbs quicker than picking up a pair of knitting needles. ;O)

    I’m blogging my way back from Z to A and my “Y” post is right here.

  4. Yarn over is one of the best stitches ever!

    Visiting via Z to A Challenge


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