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April 05, 2005

Wrapped Stitch Short Row

First, nona must extend an apology to any reader who's not the least bit interested in short rows, because today nona's going to describe short row shaping using the wrapped stitch technique.  Historically -- at least for nona -- the wrapped stitch short row had been my technique of choice.  No longer baby!  My short row experiment opened my eyes to better options.  Even though this technique is no longer my favorite, I'll still describe it for you.  Why?  Just because it's not my favorite technique doesn't mean it cannot be yours.  Please, let's all think and decide for ourselves!

As you'll recall from yesterday, the different short row techniques differ in two ways -- what happens at the turning point and how the gap is closed.  Let's take a look at how the wrapped stitch technique handles these two predicaments.


Wrapped Stitch Technique - Front and Back

Turning Point
Each short row has a turning point, where the knitting is turned without completing the row. 

On the knit side:

  • Knit to the turning point in the row
  • Keeping the yarn in back, slip the next stitch purlwise from the left needle to the right needle
  • Move the yarn to the front
  • Slip the stitch back from the right needle to the left needle
  • Move the yarn to the back
  • Turn and continue

On the purl side:

  • Purl  to the turning point in the row
  • Keeping the yarn in front, slip the next stitch purlwise from the left needle to the right needle
  • Move the yarn to the back
  • Slip the stitch back from the right needle to the left needle
  • Move the yarn to the front
  • Turn and continue


Knit and purl turning points -- notice how the stitch is wrapped

Closing the Gap
A gap is formed at each turning point, which is closed when the gap is next encountered.  When you encounter a wrapped stitch, close the gap by working the wrap and the wrapped stitch together.

On the knit side:

  • Before knitting the wrapped stitch, insert the right needle (front-to-back) into the front loop of the wrap and knit the stitch and wrap together

On the purl side:

  • Before knitting the wrapped stitch, insert the right needle (back-to-font) into the back loop of the wrap.  Place the wrap on the left needle and purl it together with the next stitch.


Knit and purl gaps closed

April 5, 2005 in Tips and Techniques | Permalink

Comments

Ooooh! I know the W&T method and am waiting with baited breath for info on the Japanese and YO methods. I am guessing I've used the YO method on the tiny stockings in "Last Minute Knitted Gifts." Have I inadvertantly tried the Japanese method as well? Time will tell!

Posted by: Daphne | Apr 5, 2005 9:44:34 AM

you are just so great for showing this. i have books on this, but its your post that is going to make me experiment with it right now. i'm printing this and trying to find scrap yarn at the same time. many thanks! can't wait for the next one.

Posted by: froggy | Apr 5, 2005 10:34:08 AM

Wow! Anna thinks Nona is amazing!I have printed this out, and will take home with me. Tonight, I'm practising short rows! And later, I'm going to the other versions. I'll have my own little short row experiment. =) Thank you!

Posted by: Anna | Apr 5, 2005 11:29:16 AM

Question from new knitter---what exactly are short rows useful for? Is it for creating diagonals? I need to get my brain around this so I can add this to my ever expanding knowledge of how to "create" in knitting. It is so fun! Thanks nona.

Posted by: nona-friend the oldest | Apr 6, 2005 5:42:19 AM

I handle the purl side of closing the gap a little differently.
When I reach the wrapped stitch, I slip the stitch onto my right needle and lift the wrap off the stitch and hold the wrap on the side facing me.
I then place the wrap onto my right needle and purl the wrap and its stitch together. It becomes invisible.
I am looking forward to seeing the Japanese technique. I keep reading of its merits, but have found no actual instructions.

Posted by: Judith | Apr 6, 2005 6:23:51 AM

Hi! I was wondering if you could help me. I have looked everywhere for info. on how to do this sitch, and so far haven't found what I need. Could you please tell me how to do a kwtog(Knit Wrap and Wrapped Stitch Together)?! Thank you so much

Posted by: Bethany | Mar 15, 2006 8:46:48 AM

https://www.ample-knitters.com/pansypattern.html I am trying to make this pansy, but it calls for wrap on edge stitch, can you tell me how that is done? could you just look at this pattern, and see what you think?

thanks cathy

Posted by: cathy | Apr 26, 2006 11:20:43 AM

While knitting a purse, I was trying to do the wrapped stitch using the woefully inadequate instructions given. So, off to the net I go, and find you. Just realizing this is a short row technique helped fill in the blanks. Thanks to you, my project is no longer stalled.
Thank you, Nona.

Posted by: Beth | May 3, 2006 5:50:02 AM

I am confused about doing multiple short rows.

If you are shaping a garment, say creating more fullness for the bust in a top, you would have to do more than one short row (wouldn't you)

When I do say 4 short rows (one after the other)

.......|.......................|......
.......|.......................|......
.......|.......................|......
.......|.......................|......


then I am left with a long hole where the | is

Instead am I meant to be doing the short rows like this instead:-

.......|...................|.......
......|.....................|......
.....|.......................|.....
....|.........................|....

I hope this isn't confusing to you, but I just don't seem to be getting it.

Posted by: Kate | Aug 24, 2006 6:04:22 PM

Finally! Thank you so much for this really great explanation. I just did my first sock and couldn't figure out what the pattern meant by "wrap stitch." Now I do and can't wait to get to the heel of the second sock and try this.

~Hilda

Posted by: Hilda | Jan 5, 2007 10:23:41 PM

Hi, I am having trouble with the gusset in mermaid where I seem to have multiple short rows. Should I wrap again a wrapped stitch or should I stagger them as it doesn't sit right with one wrapped stitch on another. Maybe I am not reading the pattern correctly here. HELP!!!!

Posted by: Linda L | Apr 23, 2007 3:27:47 PM

Thank you for this really useful information! I had mastered the next row on the knit side (picking up the wrap along with the stitch) but just couldn't crack the method on the purl side1! The pattern I am following gave inadequate information, thanks again, I will keep peeking at your web site from now on!

Posted by: Shirley | Feb 12, 2008 12:47:47 AM

I've been knitting for years but never encountered this instruction before. I was tearing my hair out with frustration until I found your site. Thanks so much - am rushing off to try this out!

Posted by: Rosalind Cockburn | Feb 15, 2008 1:32:02 PM

I love all this information and gosh this is the best site ever.
E-mail me with updates on any patterns etc.
Pauline

Posted by: Pauline Marie Bezette | Jan 28, 2009 12:00:28 AM

I juist discovered your site after trying Lion Brand's instructions for "slip and wrap" for children's socks. This is so much clearer. Thank you.

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