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Twisted Yarn Overs
Twisted yarn overs

This variation on the make-one increase eliminates the distortion of the adjoining stitches. 

Right-leaning Twisted Yarn Over

Twisted yarn overs

To make your twisted yarn over lean to the right,make a backwards yarn over.

Twisted yarn overs

On the following row, purl this yarn over through the front loop.

Left-leaning Twisted Yarn Over 

Twisted yarn overs

Make a normal yarn over. On the following row, purl this yarn over through the back loop.

In working these increases, you are using the yarn over to reserve the yarn that will form the twisted loop at the base of the increase. Because extra yarn has, in effect, been set aside, the twisted loop does not need to pull yarn from its neighbors. The drawback of these increases is that they are worked over two rows, requiring a bit more attention on the part of the knitter.

Increase How Tos:

yarn over knit in front and back of the stitch Make One Increase
Lifted Increase Eyelets Twisted yarn overs

Read the full article, Increasing your Options.

Sandi Rosner is a knitter who wears many hats: designer, technical editor, writer and teacher. She loves the little details that elevate a knitting project from homemade to handmade. Follow Sandi’s blog at