Yarn over twice tutorial

This is a “yarn over twice” tutorial. I’ll show you how to make two yarn over’s in a row. It’s easy 🙂

“What is yarn over twice in knitting or how to do yarn over twice?” – Yarn over twice in knitting means that you’ll have to make two yarn overs. Seems easy enough, but may be confusing sometimes.

Usually, lace knitting patterns require one yarn over – that means bringing yarn over your right hand needle (from front to back) – to form little holes into your knitted lace.

Now, yarn over twice is the same thing, only you will do it twice – so you can have even bigger holes. Most of the times, on next row (or round), you’ll be making one knit stitch and one purl stitch into those yarn overs.

In order to show you exactly, how to make yarn over twice and how it will look, I’ll use my “Diamond of the Island” lace border pattern. Instead of writing “make yarn over twice” or something like that, I usually just write “YO, YO”. These two are the same though.


Let’s take row 5 – … k2tog, YO, YO, k2tog, YO, YO, k2; turn;

Make first yarn over.

How to knit yarn over

Make second yarn over.

Tutorial for knitting yarn over twice

So, if we use this row 5 example – make two yarn overs, knit two stitches together, make two yarn overs (again) and knit two stitches.

This is how it will look.

What is yarn over twice

Now let’s turn our work and on to row 6 – k3, p1, k2, p1 …

Knit two stitches and you’ll have those two yarn overs coming up next.

Knitting instructions yarn over twice

Knit first yarn over on left hand needle and slip it – carefully, you’ll need the other yarn over. You’ll have this big strange hole.

What does yarn over twice mean

Purl next yarn over. Now you’ll have something like on this picture.

How to do yarn over twice in knitting

By the way – there’s a reason why you have to knit and purl. Try to knit both of these yarn overs – it’s not possible. See? You’ll have to link stitches and for that reason you can’t use same kind of stitches.

Following the pattern we are working on – knit one and repeat this “knit one, purl one” process like before. It will look something like this…

how to knit yarn over twice


For conclusion – this technique have two goals:

  1. For making larger holes
  2. For increasing

I personally love “make yarn over twice” technique and use it very often. Like in my Melancholy scarf knitting pattern. It’s a good technique to know in lace knitting.

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