I use a lot of lace patterns in my designs because they look beautiful, and they’re fun and interesting to work. Unlike plain stockinette or garter stitch, there is always something happening! A yo here, a k2tog there, a k3tog followed by a yo2, etc. Lace patterns have a lot going on, which means there are a lot of opportunities for making mistakes. Fortunately, yarn over (yo) mistakes are pretty easy to fix, if you catch them within a row or two of making them. The photos below show how to fix a yo in the wrong place, and how to add a yo where one is missing.
First, compare your knitting to the pattern. In this photo there is one extra yo and one missing yo on Row 7, the last RS row. One WS row has been worked since the mistakes were made, so the mistakes are 2 rows below the stitches on the needle.Work in pattern until you reach the extra yo. There’s no need to rip out whole rows for a tiny mistake like this!
Drop the extra yo off the needle. That’s it! The yarn over isn’t connected to the stitches below it, so it will only unravel to the row where it was made. There will be a little extra yarn where the yo used to be, but you can usually wiggle the slack along the row until it disappears. In this case we’ll need that extra yarn to create the missing yo.
and place it on the left needle.
Lift the first strand over the second
and off the needle. Now the yo is right where it’s supposed to be!
Further reading and resources
Craftsy Class (affiliate link) – Save Our Stitches: Fixing Lace Knitting Mistakes with Laura Nelkin
Twist Collective – The Error Of Our Ways: A Knitter’s Guide To Fixing Mistakes
Very Pink – Correcting Mistakes
Thank you for knitting!