Over the two and a half years I’ve been knitting, I’ve put some effort into figuring out how to fix projects without ripping. The missing yarn over is probably the easiest fix to make and in a larger lace project will save you lots of heart ache.
This tutorial shows how to fix a missing yarn over that is discovered on a subsequent right side row. The first step is identifying the mistake. The pattern in the sample piece is k1, *YO, k2tog* [repeat to last stitch], k1. A yarn over (YO) occurs between two stitches. Look at the picture below and try to determine where the YO should be.
The red arrow shows where the YO should be in this pattern. Reading your knitting is an important step in fixing problems without ripping out the entire offending piece.
Next, knit in pattern up to the space where the YO should be.
Now, place the tip of your right needle, from back to front, under the second horizontal strand between the two stitches.
Place the horizontal bar untwisted on the left hand needle.
Insert the tip of your right needle into the stitch from front to back (do not twist the stitch), then pick up the first horizontal bar between the stitches and draw it through. (you are knitting into this stitch, but instead of using yarn from the ball to form a new stitch, you are using the horizontal bar in the space between the stitches above it)
Drop the second horizontal bar off the left hand needle. You will have a twisted stitch on the right hand needle.
Slip this stitch back onto the left hand needle, untwisting it as you do.
You are now ready to continue knitting in pattern, the missing YO has been replaced.
Finish the row, and then look to see if you can even find where you fixed your mistake – probably not!
Occasionally the newly added YO will be a bit smaller than the other YOs, especially if you are a tight knitter. Don’t worry, this will even out with blocking.
Text by Jessica Landers
Photos by Andrew Wood