Yarn Overs and Yarn Forwards

What’s the difference between a yarn forward and a yarn over? As far as I know, a yarn over is when you wrap the yarn around the needle and a yarn forward is when you put the yarn in the opposite direction you’re supposed to and then knit or purl. But I was reading through some patterns and they seem to be the same. But in a different book they’re different. And now I’m really really confused :??

A lot depends on what side of the ocean the pattern is from. :shrug: Putting the yarn forward often results in a yarn over, but sometimes putting the yarn forward is just putting the yarn in front. So you’re right–it doesn’t always mean what you think it means.

Sorry I can’t be more help.