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Another way to do a standard increase is to do a YO a row early, and then twist it on the next row by knitting through the back loop. This is good if either you are a tight knitter and just can't pick up that bar between stitches, or if you want to do a lot of increases in the same row. It has the further advantage that if you forget the YO, you can compensate for it by doing a make-1 the next row, whereas if you forget a make-1, you have to do nasty stuff or rip back to compensate.

In this case, it's often a good idea to wrap the yarn backwards, because while a little bit of extra yarn for an increase is good, you don't quite need a full YO's worth.


Great analysis. I'd noticed the two styles of YO before, but it hadn't occurred to me that they don't really match in size.

Purl in the Rough

I've wondered about (and been bothered by) the size difference of the different YOs, but couldn't figure out how to make them look better to my eye. Thanks for explaining the solution so well.



Thanks so much for this! My uneven yo's were driving me crazy on my Icarus shawl and this solves my problem!


Wow, excellent explanation and analysis. Thanks.


Wonderful! So helpful! I'm still having trouble purling into the shorter version of the k yo p on the next row. I know, it's a really specific problem.

Thanks for the informative site!

Andy Baker

What a huge relief to read this. I was asking around and people just said, "It sounds like you're doing it right." This explained everything (including that I was NOT doing it right). I was referred here by an Ishbel group on Ravelry. I'll have to remember your address.



This is so helpful. Thank you.

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