How to Yarn Over in Crochet

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What is Yarning Over

in Crochet?

How to Yarn Over (yo) in Crochet.


Yarning over in crochet is the most basic step when making a stitch.  You may see it written as yarn over (abbreviated yo) or yarn over the hook (abbreviated yoh).  They mean exactly the same thing.

Yarning over means wrapping the yarn over your crochet hook.  Yarn overs are used before or after you insert the hook into the next stitch, and depending on the stitch you are working, you may yarn over two or more times.

Yarning over is a very simple technique, but you have to do it correctly or you won’t be able to pull the yarn smoothly through the stitch.

Let’s practice!

1.  Make a slip knot. If you don’t know how, please see How to Make a Slip-knot.

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A slip-knot for crochet.



2.  Slide the slip-knot onto the shaft of your hook.

3.  Using your yarn hand (non-dominant hand), hold the tail of the slip knot between your thumb and forefinger.


Yarn Over Step 1.


4.  Using the forefinger on your yarn hand,  bring the yarn up behind the hook.


Yarn Over Step 2.


5.  Place the yarn over the shaft, laying it between the slip knot and the throat of the hook with the yarn pulled toward you.


Yarn Over Step 3.


Practice the yarn over motion until you are comfortable with the technique.

Do not wrap the yarn over your hook from front to back.  It must be wrapped from back to front, otherwise, crocheting is more difficult and you will end up with twisted and tangled stitches.

When you are actually working a stitch, you yarn over and “hook” the yarn in the tip (hook) of the crochet hook.  The yarn is then pulled through an existing stitch or loop(s) as part of the working stitch.

There you have it.  Easy peasy!

Did you have any problems?

Until next time…  Happy Crocheting!


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2 thoughts on “How to Yarn Over in Crochet

  1. Hello! Thank you for your Crochet site! I searched Pinterest for simple “yarn over” in crochet and your site’s Pin was THE ONLY Pin that came up!! Can you believe that? I couldn’t!! Such a simple
    term and nothing came up! If you’re learning to Crochet you have to start simple. I guess the other
    Websites thought it was ‘too’ simple of a term to talk about! I thank you!!
    I used to Crochet during the 70s. I learned the Granny Square and that was it! That was okay then, but I want to start from scratch and learn all the basics. I want to learn the Crochet terms. You know,
    from the foundation and up! Again, I thank you for starting me off on the right foot!!
    Janet White Tidwell, jwt

    • Hi Janet!

      I am not surprised to learn that this may one of the few sites where you can find a tutorial for yarning over in crochet. When I first started crocheting I had no help and most websites seemed to skip over some of the “minor” details that were actually necessary for me to properly learn how to crochet. That’s why I started my site with Absolute Beginners in mind. I don’t want to assume that people know something. Actually, it’s the reverse, I’m going to assume you don’t know because if you’re a beginner, how are you going to know unless someone shows you?

      I’m so glad that you are picking up a hook again and enjoying this wonderful hobby. Stick with it and you’ll move beyond Granny Squares in no time! You are smart to be starting from scratch and getting the foundation of crochet down first, to include the Crochet terms. So many people want to dive right in and crochet the more complex stitches, but they ultimately give up because they didn’t learn the basics first. This is especially true when it comes to reading crochet patterns. People try to work a pattern, but have failed to learn what the Crochet terms mean. This makes reading a crochet pattern like reading a foreign language!

      I am honored you stopped at my site as you are starting your crochet journey. Let me know what I can do to help you progress and enjoy this great adventure!



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