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Wrap and Turn -
Short Row Knitting

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Wrap and Turn, W&T, is a method of shaping your knitting using short rows and without leaving a hole. It can be used for turning a sock heel and is also often used for making darts,shaping a shawl collar or other type of neckline. This method of short row knitting can also be used for making  a curved piece of knitting, such as a donought ring.

If you were to just turn the work to knit a short row then you would be left with a hole in your knitting. Sometimes this may be an integral part of your pattern but if not, and you don't want a hole then, when a pattern states “turn”, you need to “wrap and turn”, and then pick up the wrap in a way that will not leave a hole.

Instructions for Wrap and Turn on a Knit Row

how to work a wrap and turn short row when knitting
how to work a wrap and turn short row when knitting

1, The pattern states “K10, turn”. K10 of the stitches on the knit row as normal and stop, ready to turn.  The rest of the stitches on the left-hand needle are left un-knitted

2,Slip the next stitch purl wise from the left needle to the right needle (this is the 11th stitch on the row).  Holding the working yarn at the back as normal.

3,Bring the working yarn forward between the two needles so it is at the front of the work.

how to work a wrap and turn short row when knitting
how to work a wrap and turn short row when knitting

4,Slip the slipped st, no 11, back from the right-hand needle to the left one.

5,Take the working yarn from the front to the back of the work between the two needles, this "wraps" the stitch.

6,Now turn the work so the purl side is facing  ready to purl the next row.Now purl across the original 10 stitches leaving the remaining stitches on the left-hand needle un-worked.

7, Work as many short rows as the pattern requires and then when it is time to return to knitting full rows you need to pay attention to picking up the wraps and thus not leaving holes.

how to work a wrap and turn short row when knitting
how to work a wrap and turn short row when knitting

8, When you get to the first wrapped stitch you will see it lying horizontally across the stitch, pick up the wrap with the right needle from front to back.

9, Insert the right needle into the stitch that is wrapped on the left needle, and work the wrap and the stitch together. From the wrong side it will appear as a k2tog.

how to work a wrap and turn short row when knitting
how to work a wrap and turn short row when knitting

How to Wrap and Turn on  Purl Row, the principle is basically the same as on a knit row, except at stage 3 you take the yarn to the back and then at stage 5 bring it back to the front to wrap your slipped purl stitch.

When picking up the wraps this is done by inserting the needle  from back to front and placing the wrap on the left-hand needle,then purling the wrap and st. together as in p2tog.

Book- Short Row Knits by Carol Feller

Short Row Knits by Carol Feller is a super book that will let you explore and develop this very useful knitting technique with ease.

The Knitting Wool Store Knitting Techniques How to Wrap and Turn- Short Row Knitting

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