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Aug 1, 2013 11:50:13   #
Two new abbreviations I have never heard of before came up in a pattern I'm knitting. YFD & YRN. I googled on the internet and found out they were YO's. In the same pattern the author simple writes YO.

What is the difference between YFD, YRN, and YO?
Aug 1, 2013 11:57:27   #
YFD (YFWD) - Yarn Foward (to the front as if to purl)
YRN - Yarn around needle (a complete loop around needle)
YO - Yarn Over (a simple yarn over)
Vintage patterns have a tendency to write out step by step.
So you may see a YFD (YFWD) in a step like -- k2, YFWD, k2 (which basically is a yarn over).
Aug 1, 2013 12:18:11   #
I'm correct in thinking that a simple YO over is basically the same as the YFD? (between 2 knit sts)
Aug 1, 2013 12:19:56   #
mmrmein wrote:
I'm correct in thinking that a simple YO over is basically the same as the YFD? (between 2 knit sts)

Yes, because when you go to do the next knit stitch, the yarn automatically goes over the needle from the front position.
But you have to look at the pattern.
Some YFWD are meant to be a design element rather than a YO.
As in a horizontal wrap stitch that will show a stitch laying across that stitch.
Aug 1, 2013 12:22:38   #
Thanks for clearing that up for me. I thought I had been doing YO's wrong all the time I have been knitting!
Aug 1, 2013 12:27:13   #
You are welcome.
Happy Knitting.
Aug 2, 2013 09:50:33   #
Dusti (a regular here)
Just do a simple YO and see what happens. Often (if you are lucky) the designer will tell you why, maybe in a small hint, a very, very small hint. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words and if designers will just insert a picture each step of the way what a grand world this would be. Would save them tons of email questions in the long run.
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