Hi!  I'm a new(ish) knitter working on my first big project.  I've done a lot of toques, scarves, and mittens and am now starting my first sweater.  And by starting I mean I bought all the wool and everything and now I can't start.

 The pattern says to cast on 35 sts using the long-tail cast-on method (which I think is how I was taught anyway, so that's fine)  but then it says to work triple yarn-over cast-on for 40 more stitches.  And then later to drop certain yarn-overs. 

 I am confused!  How do I do a triple yarn-over and then how do I drop the yos?

Can anyone help me?


Cosmo's picture

I'm not really sure what the pattern means, (I'd have to see the sweater to make sure), but I think this is how you do it. The current standard for casting-on is the long-tail method so I'm sure that's fine, then you'll wrap the warn around the needle three times and cast-on one. This will give you four stiches. It's really weird to work with if you're new to it. Here's a picture, hope this helps (and I hope I'm right):

Craig's picture

Hi there,

Looking at Cosmo's pictures I think that is what the pattern is saying.


Have been knitting for years. I knit continually then will try another craft, but will return to the needles.

JPaul's picture

What pattern are you knitting?  Does it say to make a triple YO, and then cast on 40 more stitches?  In all my years of knitting, I've never run across the term "triple YO cast-on".  That doesn't mean it doesn't exist, but it's also not a search phrase that brings up any promising leads on Google...Maybe you can give us some more info.

Also, have you checked the pattern for an explanation?  Generally, if there is an unusual stitch in a pattern, the directions are given at the start of the pattern.

It sounds like a bit of a tricky pattern to use for your first sweater. But, if you're set on it.......... Have you read all the way through the pattern? Are there anymore unusual instructions? 

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