Shit balls! Why is it so hard!!!

Random bitching below...

Why is it I can knit socks which are supposed to be so hard and can't even begin a simple dishcloth without it making look like a mess?

Seriously, I fail at dishcloths. The simple peaches and creme pattern.

Absolute FAIL.

Yarn overs confuse the hell out me. For some reason it always looks wrong. Now I avoid any patterns with a yarn over.

Maybe I was hit on the head hard as a child and no one told me.



MMario's picture

instead of inserting your needle into the next stitch, just put it next to the last stich on your left needle.
Pick or wrap/throw yarn onto your right needle exactly as if you making a knit stitch. Work your next stitch.

It usually does look a bit wonky until either you have washed or blocked it.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

albert's picture

On the rare occasions I have done a yarnover, I have had to refer to instructions; it's so simple that it just will not stick in my mind.

IamKnitGuy's picture

It's frustrating when the simple things get ya, I've been there! If you haven't checked it out already, the videos on are always helpful to me.

New York Built's picture

I found it helpful to combine the yarnover, in my mind and in the action, as if it were part of what happens before the yarnover, not what I will do next.

For example, if there is a knit, then yarnover, then purl, I mentally put the yarnover as the conclusion of the knit, not the wonky, strange, twisted intro into another freakin' purl!!!!???!!!!

It seems to calm me down, that little bit of self-deception. That way, the big acts of self-deception are more easily slipped in as well, if not better!

"If I have a little extra money, I buy yarn, fiber books, and knitting supplies. I get food with what's left over."

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I usually teach yarnovers this way: Bring your yarn forward as if to purl. Put your needle in your next stitch and bring the yarn over the needle and knit your stitch. Trying to get my friend to understand "YO, Knit 1, YO" was fun but she got the hang of it fairly quickly. For me, anymore, it is so automatic that I have to consciously remind myself to get it done. Hang in there, Kerry. You'll do just fine. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

chipsir's picture

I think of making a story about what I am doing when teaching ie., bring the horse through the gate,close the gate and the horse jumps the gate for a yarn over, silly I know but it works when teaching children lol.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I like that. I haven't taught youngsters to knit for a while but it does make it easier to visualize what happens. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

AdrianG's picture

I agree with new york built... connect the YO to the last stitch you did. As if the YO was the conclusion of that last stitch.

Then just forget about it and move to the next stitch.

If you were doing a K1, P1 rib, you would bring your yarn to the front after the K1. So do that. Now forget about where the yarn is.

Your next stitch is a K1, so insert needle as if to K1, take yarn to where it needs to do and thats your YO done. Tadah!!

Good luck... I was gonna say fingers crossed but that would only confuse matters.