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Fixing Accidental Yarn-over Holes December 9, 2014

Filed under: Knitting tips and hints,Knitting Topics,Rescue techniques,Youtube — happystitches @ 07:49

You’ll know by now how much I enjoy incorporating deliberate Holes into my knitting, but today I’m presenting holes of a different category: the unexpected, and most unwelcome kind…

Every now and then you’ll be perusing your knitting and, much to your horror, will discover a hole created by an accidental yarn-over. The yarn has somehow traveled over the needle between stitches. This is most likely at the junction between dpns when first learning how to handle them, or when working a rib (between a knit and a purl).


Yarn-over Holes Before

Accidental Yarn-over Holes – Before


This problem is most commonly encountered by newer knitters to whom the prospect of ripping back many rows is very daunting.  This quick fix should enable the knitter to contentedly move along to their next project!

If you spot the hole right away, it’s simple to drop the offending yarn-over and absorb the extra yarn into the stitches on either side. If it is one or two rounds later, the newly formed column may be dropped and the yarn shared on each row. This fix has the advantage of restoring the original number of stitches but can’t be incorporated beyond a small number of rows (or rounds), however, as the excess yarn will remain visible and result in a large area of sloppy fabric.


Yarn-over Holes After

Accidental Yarn-over Holes -After


There are a couple of possible quick fixes if the hole is discovered much later. Neither of these is perfect but quite good enough for most situations.

Firstly, decide how important the location of the hole is. If it occurs right in the center front of a plain sweater, you might decide to unravel back and start again. Below the eyeline or at the side or back, though, will be no problem: just make a fix!  For a sock knit in a hand-painted yarn the fix will blend right in. Both of the methods below will leave you with an extra column of stitches which may be decreased away if necessary.

Method 1 (shown on the right-hand hole in the photo above):

This can only be done whilst the stitches are still on the needle. Ladder back the column to the yarn-over and release it. Rebuild the column but begin by making a twist in the yarn-over.

Method 2 (shown on the left-hand hole):
This may be done at any time, before or after completion. I think the result is the neater of the two. Take a piece of matching yarn and darn it around the two sides of the yarn-over, so that when the new yarn is pinched underneath the yarn-over looks like a normal stitch. Then take both yarn tails, one at a time and darn them into a single stitch a round/row or two lower. Adjust the appearance to suit before darning in the tails. The result is identical to a left-slanting raised increase (it may also be made to appear as a right-slanting increase).



Onwards and upwards! There is little to be gained from ripping back miles of stocking stitch for a simple fixable error such as this. Move on to new and more creative ones. You will learn far more from your mistakes than you do when you get it right first time (a happy accident in itself)!

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Happy Stitches!


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