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Learn to Knit: Wrap & Turn

12th October 2017 short rows 10 min read
Learn to Knit: Wrap & Turn short rows | Stolen Stitches tutorials

Learn to Knit: Wrap & Turn Tutorial

The w&t (wrap and turn) method is the most frequently used short row technique. It's easy for a designer to write but it doesn't always produce the neatest results.

How To Work:

On a Knit Row:

  1. Stop where you want to create your short row.
  2. Slip next stitch from left needle to right needle purlwise.
  3. Bring yarn from back to front.
  4. Slip stitch back to left needle.
  5. Turn work. Return yarn to correct position to work next stitch.

On a Purl Row:

  1. Stop where you want to create your short row.
  2. Slip next stitch from left needle to right needle purlwise.
  3. Bring yarn from front to back.
  4. Slip stitch back to left needle.
  5. Turn work. Return yarn to correct position to work next stitch.

Picking up Wrap on Knit Row:

  1. Work to wrapped stitch.
  2. Using tip of right needle, pick up wrap from bottom and also put right needle into wrapped stitch knitwise.
  3. Slip the wrap and stitch to the right needle.
  4. Lift wrap over stitch that it wrapped.
  5. Knit stitch and wrap together.

Picking up Wrap on Purl Row:

  1. Work to wrapped stitch.
  2. Using tip of right needle, from the back of your work (the knit side) pick up wrap from bottom and put it onto your left needle.
  3. Lift wrap over stitch that it wrapped.
  4. Purl stitch and wrap together.

I use this method when I'm knitting something that is at a tight gauge where there are a lot of short rows. They are easy to see and the tighter gauge keeps them nice and tidy.

In this video, I'll show you how to work the initial wrap and then I will show you 2 different ways to pick up the wraps. One method is the standard pick-up method and the other one is my variation that makes sure the wrap is hidden behind the work.

This is for stockinette stitch if you are working this in a pattern stitch, in the round or in reverse stockinette stitch I'd suggest you look at my Essential Short Row Techniques Class on Craftsy that goes into different variations.

 


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Carol Feller

Carol trained as a structural engineer, and she brings that love of analysing structure into her knitting, creating complex patterns that are easy to understand, while her approach to process is all about testing and playing, and making mistakes along the way. That’s where the
joy lies!

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