Sunday, August 25, 2013

How Do You YO? (Yarn Over)

Hi everyone,
I'm writing a book (in the background) about crochet construction, so I'm always interested in the way others describe it. I found a blog by Linda Dean HERE that is a marvelous! So I contacted Linda and asked if I could repost on my blog and she gave me her permission.
So, here is her post on yarning over.

Posted on August 21, 2013
It is funny sometimes how you don’t really think about the little things. I was assisting with a crochet workshop this past week end, in which people were learning crochet stitches by placing an edging around a handkerchief, when the question came up about “yarn overs”.

Yarn over by coming under the yarn and rotating counter clockwise

Yarn over by coming over yarn and rotating clockwise.
Now talking about something as simple and fundamental to crochet as the ability to put yarn over a hook should be pretty straight forward, but in reality it is not. There are primarily two different ways that this is done, the most common is to place the hook under the yarn and twist counter clock wise, and the other is to placer the hook over the yarn and twist clockwise. I always find it difficult to process the description mentally so I have included photos to help visually.
The effects from this differing yarn over techniques are subtle, but there is a difference, the latter method (coming over the top) adds more twist, and thus twist energy then the former (coming under the bottom). This twist energy is most evident in basic stitch of the chain, it is caused to twist. Thus more complex stitches, such as picots, do not lay flat and require additional blocking to have a finished look. (Although it was pointed out to me, that if you wanted a really ruffled edge that this yarn over could be a benefit).

samples of yarn over chain stitches, those are the left are from under, and the right are worked with yarn over from the top
Another effect of this method is that the stitches can appear more compact, and tighter, even with the airiest of yarns. The extra twist compacts the yarn slightly and thus creates a stitch that may not be as full as that created by yarning over from the bottom.
If you find that your crochet fabric has a mind of its own at times, you may want to look at the simple steps you use to execute them and see if a small change could make a big difference. I always find it amazing that it really is the little things that can make all the difference.

Thank you Linda, this makes a BIG DIFFERENCE!

Linda has a bunch of crochet goodness on her blog so please visit her at

Crochet every single day,

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Winner Announcement

I am pleased to announce that the book Crochet Saved My Life

will be on the way to the other side of the world - INDIA!
The winner is my good friend Sangeetha Prahbu of

Congratulations my friend. I do not know how long it will take, but you will have it.

Crochet every single day,

p.s. Sangeetha, I will email you personally soon.

Welcome Jeanne Klaver

Please visit my sister's new crochet blog at

She paints, quilts, sews; she has even made her own drum. I can create, but she is truly artistic. I'm sure you will enjoy her new blog concentrating on crochet. (My influence??)
Do not let her con you with the Pennsylvania stuff because she is a native of Texas. Fort Worth to be exact. She usually comes down for a week or so at least once a year and we have a blast, but I wish she lived here with me. I'd like to welcome her home.

Crochet every single day,