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Knitting Tips - Yarn Overs and Increases 

A yarn over is a kind of increase, but it leaves a hole underneath the stitch. It is used in lace and eyelet patterns. There are several other types of increases that don't leave a hole, and that you'd normally use. One way to increase is to knit into the front of a stitch, as normal, but leave the stitch on the left needle and knit into the back of it. This creates 2 stitches where there was only 1 to begin with. Another good increase is to insert the left needle into the bar of yarn between the stitches (from the row below). Insert the left needle from the back, under this strand of yarn, and then knit into the front of the strand, which will twist it, preventing a hole from forming. This creates a new stitch between two stitches.

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