KYOK is a pretty standard way to increase for shawls. It increases TWO stitches rather than the typical one stitch that you get from either a regular increase or a YO.
It might seem a bit odd and unusual – and the acronym/abbreviation certainly seems funky – but it’s really pretty simple!
How to Make the KYOK Increase
Although I’ve detailed 3 steps here, most people work it quickly and in one fell swoop. I wanted to show you each step in detail, but don’t let that discourage you.
We knit a few rows of garter stitch to start.
Step 1: K1 and DO NOT slip the stitch off the left needle
Step 2: Yarn Over (nothing unusual, just a regular Yarn Over).
You now have 2 extra stitches on your right needle – the Knit stitch from Step 1 and the Yarn Over from Step 2. And remember, the stitch you knit into in Step 1 is still on your left needle.
Step 3: K1 in the same stitch you knitted into on Step 1. This time you DO slip the stitch off the left needle.
This is what it looks like after you’re done.
And here it is a few rows later. It’s often used toward the edges of shawls (often tucked just inside a garter edge) so that’s what we’ve done here – we worked a 3-stitch garter edge and then tucked the KYOK in right next to it.
We’ve worked “k3, kyok, knit to 4 sts rem, kyok, k3“, followed by a few rows of stockinette.
Next time you see this increase, don’t shy away from it. Give it a try! It’s a simple increase to add to your arsenal and you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried it sooner.
If you don’t like the look of a KYOK or don’t enjoy working it, another option is the KFBF (Knit Front, Back, Front). It will create a little bar on the front of the work so it’s not good for all applications, but it could be useful for you and good to know.
Use It In a Free Pattern
As I mentioned, the kyok is a pretty standard increase for shawls. Try it out in one of our free patterns.