YOs, Socks and a New Stitch

I’ve been busy, but most of it has been experimenting (aka: fooling around with yarn).


About the YOs (yarn overs)–clockwise and counter-clockwise get very confusing if you are doing a reverse stitch or are crocheting left-handed.

So my new notation will be:
Yarn Back Wrap (YBW) for the traditional crochet YO,
which looks like this–CW YO

and Yarn Front Wrap (YFW) for the other way:


I’ve found a fairly simple stitch that works for socks that requires the YFW during the forward pass. I’m calling it the Untwisted VBckBar and it looks like this
with a back that looks like–back

This stitch has 2 things going for it
1. It’s relatively stretchy for a tuni stitch, particularly in the sideways direction.

2. You can’t see much of the return chain, so all those self-striping yarns that are designed for knitters tend to look better.


To do it:
You pull the front vertical bar (VFrt) toward the last stitch so that you can hook the back vertical bar (VBckBar) and pull it forward, then pull a loop from the top behind the raised VBckBar using YBW . (I’m sure this will require pictures, but I don’t have them yet.)

The net result is that you are reordering the vertical bars the way you do with a Twisted Knit stitch, then doing a Simple stitch, but with the back bar instead of the front bar, and the YBW instead of the usual YFW (YO).

I haven’t been able to reproduce this stitch using the traditional crochet YO, so many folks will probably find this stitch tricky.


I’ve made a couple of test socks by combining this Untwisted VBckBar stitch with the Purled Post stitch.


more socks

This seems to be working out pretty well.


Filed under Combo of Tunisian Stitches, Tunisian Crochet Stitch Notation, Tunisian Crochet Stitches

6 responses to “YOs, Socks and a New Stitch

  1. Padma

    Your Untwisted VBckBar stitch looks lovely! I can imagine this on a sweater in variegated yarn – will wait for your pics. Does it make a very thick fabric?

  2. This one is not so thick–it’s thinner than the Tunisian Knit stitch and becomes thinner as you stretch the fabric vertically.

    It’s still a lot thicker than knit (using knitting needles) stockinette or ribbing, however, and not as stretchy.

  3. I was just about to ask you about terminology for the two YOs because I’m writing up another Victorian Tunisian stitch pattern which has the unusual YO.

  4. (Hit post too soon).

    And here’s this handy post! So thank you.

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