1 April 2015

How to: Double and Multiple Yarn Overs

How to make Double and Multiple Yarn Overs.
Double or multiple yarn overs are very decorative in knitting, they create larger eyelets in lace and holes  that can be useful or purely ornamental in our fabric.



Large eyelets make up the spine of Stepping Stones Shawl simultaneously shaping it.

The Polka Dot Shawl is shaped using Double Yarn Overs.
Numinous uses double yarn overs in its draping lace edging.

To make a Double or a Multiple eyelet wrap the yarn around your needle a number of times: twice for a double, three times if the patterns tells you to do it three times and so on. The yarn overs should sit around your needle comfortably and not too tight to make sure that the created eyelet is open and looks like an hole.
How to make Double and Multiple Yarn Overs.

On the return row the yarn overs should be worked into the front of the first and back of the second and so on, alternating each stitch to make sure the loop does not unravel. 

How to make Double and Multiple Yarn Overs.
Knit the first yarn over per usual and slip it off the left needle like a regular stitch.
How to make Double and Multiple Yarn Overs.
Knit the second yarn over through its back loop. This will secure the loop and produce a tiny know at the base of the created stitch. Once worked, slip this yarn over off your left needle.

How to make Double and Multiple Yarn Overs.
Continue working into the front and back of the yarn overs until the correct number of stitches had been made.
This brings me to the point of adjusting the size of the eyelet and making up for any slipped yarn overs. Because a multiple yarn over is simply a very Large Yarn Over worked into a multiple number of times, adjusting its size couldn't be easier. 

How to make Double and Multiple Yarn Overs.

If you find that your eyelets are too tight and don't show as well as you'd like them to, make an extra yarn over and slip it off without knitting into it on the return row; all you need to make sure is that the right number of stitches is made into the Large Yarn Over.

On the other hand, if you find that your eyelet is too loose and you'd like it to be smaller, make one less yarn over and on the return row take care to make the correct number of stithies into the Large Yarn Over.

Another way of working the yarn overs on the reverse side is to knit into the first and purl into the second yarn over [instead of knitting into front and back].

How to make Double and Multiple Yarn Overs.
Knit into the first yarn over.
Purl into the second yarn over. This eyelet has a sturdier base than the previous one!

How to make Double and Multiple Yarn Overs.
This step introduces a twist between the Large Yarn Over and the working yarn, making the base of the eyelet sturdier.
How to make Double and Multiple Yarn Overs.
Finished eyelets. The bottom one is worked by alternate knit into front & back of the yarn overs.
The top one is worked by alternate knit & purl into the yarn overs.

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