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Knitting Tutorial: When You've Missed a Yarn Over
You're happily knitting along, enamored by the new lace pattern you are testing out, when all of a sudden your pattern goes off track! "How in the world?!" you exclaim, furiously counting back stitches to see where the mishap occurred. And it comes in the usual way: a missed yarn over.I teach lace classes at my local yarn store, and every student runs into that moment when she or he is "one stitch short." It simply means they've forgotten to work a yarn over, which is one of the most common issues with lace. Well, until now, that is.
Missed Yarn Over, Part 1
Let's start with the simplest one, when you are on the wrong-side row, working it, and then you discover that you've forgotten the yarn over on the preceding row.
Step 1: Do a quick turnaround: Turn your work so that the right side is facing, just to double-check where the yarn over should be. In this case, I was working the lace pattern from Deborah Newton's Hint of Lace Cardigan and missed the yarn over six stitches in. Place a stitch marker to mark the spot and turn your work back over so that the wrong side is facing.
Step 2: Work to the marker where the yarn over is supposed to go. There is a bar there between the needles, attached to the stitch on the left needle. See it?
Step 3: From behind, with your right needle, lift up that bar.
Step 4: Place that bar onto the left needle. BAM! That new stitch IS the yarn over now. Just work it as you are supposed to on the wrong-side row.
Missed Yarn Over, Part 2
Let's say that you've worked the right-side row and then worked the wrong-side row, only to begin the next right-side row and realize you've skipped right over where a yarn over should have been two rows ago! That happened in the image below; my needle is pointing to where a hole should be.
You don't need to worry about ripping back, though! With a few swift moves of the needle, you'll replace the yarn over in no time.
Step 1: Work to where the yarn over should have been (or slip the stitches until you are at the correct place). There will be two bars between the needles; we'll call those Bar 1 and Bar 2. Bar 1 is the highest bar, while Bar 2 sits underneath Bar 1.
Step 2: With your right needle, lift Bar 2 from behind.
Step 3: Place Bar 2 on the left needle.
Step 4: With your right needle, again from behind, lift Bar 1 (it sits a little behind the stitches now since it has been pulled a little taut from lifting Bar 2).
Step 5: Place Bar 1 on the left needle, in front of Bar 2.
Step 6: With your right needle, reach into the front of Bar 2.
Step 7: Lift Bar 2 up and over Bar 1, right off the left needle.
Step 8: You have now created a new stitch, the eyelet from the missed yarn over.
And there you go. Panic no more!