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What is Yarning Over
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.
1. Make a slip knot. If you don’t know how, please see How to Make a Slip-knot.
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.
4. Using the forefinger on your yarn hand, bring the yarn up behind the hook.
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.
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!
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Until next time… Happy Crocheting!
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