The Yarn Over and CGOA Videos

If you’re new to crochet or you learned to crochet from someone else, how do you know if you’re crocheting correctly? Do you hold the hook correctly? Are you holding your yarn correctly? Are you yarning over correctly? These are some of the questions you may be asking yourself. Whenever I’m doing something in crochet incorrectly, I really appreciate someone telling me the correct way to do it so I can improve my crochet skills and knowledge. So I thought I’d share with you the correct way to do a “yarn over” in crochet.


Every stitch in crochet uses a yarn over at some point in time, whether it’s at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of the stitch (or in all 3 places). There are many good crochet books written that explain and show how to do the yarn over and the crochet stitches formed by the yarn over correctly. Also, in this age of the internet and internet/website videos, there some great crochet videos to watch that will show you a multitude of fabulous crochet stitches and techniques. I think it’s wonderful to have so much helpful information at my fingertips to learn more about crochet. You probably share this enthusiasm for learning new crochet stitches and techniques, too!


But you know the saying: “Buyer Beware”! Disclaimer: NOT ALL CROCHET VIDEOS ARE CORRECT!


I’d love to be able to say that all of the crochet videos I’ve watched on the internet are sharing the correct information, but that’s simply not true. I’ve seen some videos where the person demonstrating the stitch is saying “yarn over”, but she’s simply grabbing the yarn (with the yarn in front of the crochet hook) and isn’t doing the yarn over correctly. To do a “true” yarn over, you must bring the yarn around the back of the crochet hook, over the top and to the front, like this:

Yarn Over done correctly

Yarn Over done correctly












If you’re not making your yarn overs in this manner, then you’re doing them incorrectly. Here’s the incorrect way to do your yarn overs:

Yarn Over done incorrectly

Yarn Over done incorrectly












Do you see the difference? When you’re doing your yarn overs correctly, the yarn goes over the top of the hook from the back to the front. It doesn’t just sit in front of the hook to grab it: that’s NOT a “yarn over”!


To see some crochet videos, including the correct way to do a yarn over, please visit the CGOA website here if you’re right-handed or here if you’re left-handed. In each of these videos, Kim Guzman, a respected crochet designer, teacher and author, shows how to do a yarn over correctly. The yarn over is used for making the chain, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet and treble crochet. It’s also used for many other crochet stitches and techniques, including Filet Crochet, Bruges Lace, Wiggly Crochet, Tunisian Crochet, Hairpin Lace, Broomstick Lace and more. As a CGOA Board member, we discussed adding crochet videos to the CGOA website last year and Kim was enthusiastic about doing them for us (thank you so much, Kim). Kim is a wonderful crochet teacher with lots of knowledge and patience! So check out the crochet videos on the CGOA website to make sure you’re doing your yarn overs correctly! And if you don’t know about all that CGOA (the Crochet Guild of America) has to offer, then check out the rest of the updated CGOA website while you’re there!


As one of the co-chairs and a portfolio reviewer in the CGOA Masters program, I enjoy discussing crochet stitches, techniques and patterns to find out how some people work their stitches (correctly and incorrectly). I learn so much from these discussions! They help me to understand how the written crochet instructions can be interpreted in different ways, which in turn helps me improve my pattern writing and technical editing skills! I’m all for improvement throughout my life!


Are there any crochet stitches, techniques or patterns you’d like to discuss?


Until next time…


Happy crocheting,



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4 Responses to The Yarn Over and CGOA Videos

  1. says:

    It seems to me the yarn over done incorrectly is simply a slip stitch–yes?

    • says:

      No. Actually, the incorrect yarn over is NOT a slip stitch. In these 2 blog photos, I’m working the 2nd part of the double crochet. I already yarned over, inserted my hook in the stitch and drew up a loop to give me 3 loops on the hook. Then I yarned over and drew the new loop on my hook through the first 2 loops on the hook, leaving me with the last 2 loops on the hook. Then I yarned over and drew the new loop on the hook through the last 2 loops on the hook to complete the double crochet.

      Even the yarn over worked on a slip stitch should have the yarn going over the hook from the back to the front of the hook after inserting the hook into the correct stitch (instead of grabbing the yarn in front of the hook).

      • says:

        I see what you’re saying. I’ve never heard of anyone doing the yarn over the way they did it (incorrectly). I’m glad I didn’t learn it the wrong way 😉

        • says:

          I’m glad you learned the yarn over the correct way, too! Unfortunately, there are some crochet videos on the internet where the yarn over is demonstrated the WRONG way! I thought I’d share the right way to do the yarn over to help others learn the correct way to do it!

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