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How to How to Yarn Over for Crochet

How to Yarn Over for Crochet: Learn How to Crochet Lesson #5

Learn how to yarn over for crochet - Also called yarn over the hook.

If you're learning how to crochet, understanding the basics is essential. And when it comes to crochet, one of the most foundational moves you'll want to master is the "yarn over." This simple technique involves wrapping the yarn around your hook in order to begin any crochet stitch. Whether you're brand new to crochet or just looking to brush up on the fundamentals, read on to learn more about the yarn over and how it sets the stage for successful crochet projects!

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The "Yarn Over"

The yarn over is a fundamental move you'll use in almost every crochet stitch, and it's essential to master this technique to create even and consistent stitches throughout your project.

To perform a yarn over, start by holding your crochet hook in your dominant hand and the yarn in your non-dominant hand. Then, bring the yarn over the top of the hook from back to front, and this motion creates a loop of yarn around the hook.

Once you have the yarn around your hook, you can begin your next stitch. It's important to note that different stitches require different numbers of yarn overs. For example, a double crochet stitch requires two yarn overs before inserting the hook into the next stitch. Make sure to follow the instructions for each specific stitch carefully.

By mastering the yarn over technique, you'll be well on your way to creating beautiful and intricate crochet projects!


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How to Make a Yarn Over 

Step #1: Start by making a slip knot.

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Step #2: Place the slip knot onto your crochet hook.

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Step #3: Position the "working yarn" into your "yarn hand" using your preferred holding style.

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Step #4: With your “yarn hand,” pull the "tail end" lightly with your thumb and middle finger.

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Step #5: Make sure the crochet hook stays in front of the yarn.

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Step #6: Move your hook down and under the yarn creating a "yarn over."

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Tips On How to Yarn Over for Crochet 

Tip: You may want to yarn over by pinching the working yarn between your “yarn hands” forefinger and thumb and then moving the yarn up and back around the hook. However, using the steps above is more efficient.

Note: Always make a yarn over from front to back. If you make a yarn over from back to front, the yarn will not pull through your hook.

Yarn Over Abbreviation

The abbreviation for “yarn over” is (yo). If you are reading a crochet pattern and it says to (yo), you need to wrap the yarn over your hook one time. If you read a crochet pattern that says to (yo twice) or (yo 2), you must wrap the yarn over your hook twice.

Yarning Over to Make the Height of Stitches

Crochet stitches come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing that can drastically affect the height of your stitch is the number of yarn overs at the start. Increasing the number of yarn overs from one to two, three, or even more will result in taller stitches. This is because each yarn over creates an additional loop on the hook, which adds extra height to the stitch.

For example, a single crochet stitch is the shortest basic stitch in crochet, typically measuring about a quarter to a half inch in height. A double crochet stitch, on the other hand, is much taller, usually measuring around one inch or more.

To create taller stitches, it's important to understand how to yarn over properly. Start by holding your hook in your right hand and your yarn in your left hand. Wrap the yarn over your hook from back to front, then bring the hook under the yarn and up through the loop on your hook. This creates a yarn over.

To create a taller stitch, simply add additional yarn overs at the start of your stitch. For example, to work a double crochet stitch, start with one yarn over, then insert your hook into the next stitch or space. Yarn over again and draw through the stitch, creating three loops on the hook. Yarn over one more time and draw through the first two loops on the hook. Yarn over again and draw through the remaining two loops on the hook to complete the stitch.

As you continue to practice and learn more crochet skills, the differences in stitch height and their measurements will become more intuitive. Remember to take your time and have fun with it. With practice, you'll be whipping up beautiful and intricate crochet projects in no time!


To Do List: How to Yarn Over for Crochet

1. Practice yarning over your crochet hook:

  • 1 time (yo)
  • 2 times (yo 2)
  • 3 times (yo 3)
  • 4 times (yo 4)

Great Job! You Finished Lesson #5 - How to Yarn Over the Hook

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