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.
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.