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Wrapped stitches

I’ve heard this many times: “There are only two stitches used in every piece of knitting—the knit stitch and the purl stitch.”

I guess that’s true, but what about the yarnover? It isn’t really a stitch, I suppose, but it’s used so often that I think of it as one.

There are so many uses for the yarnover—there's lace knitting, of course, which is lousy with yarnovers, but there are also stitch patterns such as wrapped stitches and faux cables.

The stitch shown above is a wrapped stitch, and the wrap is actually a yarnover. This stitch pattern is worked as such:

Row 1: K3, yarnover, k3, pass yarnover over all three stitches, k3, yarnover, k3, pass yarnover over all three stitches, and so on across row.

Row 2: Purl across row.

The stitch shown below is a faux cable that uses a yarnover to separate the stitches and achieve the cable look. Work the faux cable as such:

Row 1: K1, yarnover, SSK, P2, K1, yarnover, SSK, P2, across row.

Row 2: Purl across row.

On Knitting Daily TV episode 704, in her “Getting Started” segment, Eunny Jang demonstrats the smocking stitch pattern, as well as the wrapped stitch and faux cable illustrated above.

Click Here to view a clip from the Knitting Daily episode on Wrapped Stitches

This tip is compliments of Knitting Daily

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