There’s a small debate over whether or not a Yarn Over is considered an increase. This post discusses the similarities and differences between traditional knitting increases and a yarn over.
Definition Of An Increase
Before we can talk about what makes a Yarn Over, we first need to define what makes an increase.
An increase is a method of adding an extra stitch to your knitting.
Definition Of A Yarn Over
Yarn over’s technically are an increase, because they are meant to add a stitch to your knitting.
A Yarn Over is a knitting stitch that adds a stitch to your knitting fabric while leaving a hole below.
The biggest difference between a tradional increase and a yarn over is they are often paired with a decrease. This keeps your fabric from adding a stitch because the decrease removes the additional stitch. Yarn Over’s can be used for shaping, but are most often performed in lace and openwork stitch patterns.