Wrap and Turn, Short-row Knitting Tutorial

Do you have a favourite knitting technique that you use all the time? Mine is “wrap and turn”. The reason why I am blogging about wrap & turn is because many of my patterns include this technique. So, I thought it is about time for me to do a detailed tutorial about it.

Recently one of my new patterns called Hollyberry Bonnet & Cape have been published in Interweave Holiday Gift 2011 (super hurray!). This pattern is a typical example of wrap & turn technique.The horizontally shaping of the cape and the bonnet brim shaping are all worked using short-row technique.

I was thrilled to read in the magazine that the design is expertly shaped and designed. Seeing such a wonderfully edited and stylised publication of my knitting pattern, it made me think even more that I want to make sure that my patterns are logically constructed, knitable and achievable with 100% satisfaction!

Hollyberry Bonnet and Cape

So today I would like to write a detailed knitting tutorial about “wrap & turn”.

WRAP & TURN is one of the methods in short-row knitting. Short-row knitting allows you to change the direction of knitting, creating darts, mitred corners, vertical gathers and curves. It’s used for toe-up sock (the toe bits), horizontal yoke garments and lots of other 3D knitting!

In a nutshell: wrap & turn is worked as taking the yarn to opposite side of work (so if you are on the knit stitch, bring yarn front, if you are on the purl stitch, bring yarn back), slip next stitch from left to right needle, return yarn to working side, then slip st back from right to left needle. This will wrap the base of the stitch. The remaining stitches are unworked. Turn and continue working.

If you want to master all knitting techniques including various short-row knitting methods, I highly recommend Knitter’s Handbook by M. Stanley.

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The process of short-row knitting (i.e. wrap & turn) is divided by two stages: 1) The first stage is to do the actual wrap & turn, 2) The second stage is to “erase” the wraps by working together the wrap with the stitch.

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STAGE 1: WRAP AND TURN

RIGHT-SIDE of the work

When you reach to the stitch where you need to wrap & turn;

You will see that the stitch has a wrap at the base.

WRONG-SIDE of the work

When you reach to the stitch where you need to wrap & turn;

You will see that the stitch has a wrap at the base.

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STAGE 2: ERASING THE WRAPS

This is done so as to prevent a hole being made between the rows. You can ignore this process if you like the wraps to remain for a decorative purpose.

The most important thing is to pick up the wrap from the right-side of the work. This way, all the wraps would be tucked behind the wrong side of the work after the stitches are knitted together.

You can pick up the wrap either with right or the left needles. I will show you how you can do both methods.

RIGHT-SIDE of the work

METHOD 1) Using right needle (very similar to slip, slip, knit (ssk)):

METHOD 2) Using the left needle:

WRONG-SIDE of the work

METHOD 1) Using right needle:

METHOD 2) Using the left needle:

Here is the video tutorial.

Happy knitting!

Responses to “Wrap and Turn, Short-row Knitting Tutorial”

  1. Beth Jinkerson

    Kyoto, love the tutorial and the video. Excellent! Many thanks.

    Also that pattern is gorgeous. I so admire your skill and dedication to writing correct, clear patterns for smartly designed pieces. You are developing quite a good reputation, my friend!

    • Kyoko

      Hi Beth,
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. You have no idea how happy you made me!
      Knitting is such a slow craft so I feel I have such responsibility, for those who knit my pattern, to get it right :)
      Really glad that you like the tutorial and the video.
      Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
      x
      Kyoko

  2. Thank you so much for the clear instructions and video! I’ve done short row knitting before but have always wondered if I was doing it correctly – - – now I know!

    • Kyoko

      Hi Pam!
      Thank you very much of your lovely comment. :D
      Short-row technique is ” simple but must-do-it the right way” – kind of technique. Once you know it, you will never forget it ;)
      So happy to know that you found the video useful.
      Have a wonderful weekend!
      x
      Kyoko

  3. P.S. !!
    Kyoto, your cape pattern is adorable. It’s the whole reason I would buy the gift issue of the magazine!

  4. Valerie

    Hi Kyoto

    I love this pattern! I bought the magazine just for it.

    I have a question on sizing. Can you give me approximate sizes on this? Or the age of the little girl in the pattern. I am going to make this for my neices and need to guess on which one to make for each girl. I can’t measure them because they live far away from me and my sister would have no idea on how to measure them.

    Any information would be grately appreciated.

    Thanks!!

    • Kyoko

      Hi Valerie,

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment!
      Hope the file I e-mailed you was helpful.
      I am so thrilled that you are knitting the garment. Can’t wait to see the pictures!
      Have a wonderful weekend.
      x
      Kyoko

  5. 今成佳恵

    初めまして。
    アディクリックで検索してブログにたどり着きました。

    作品もすっごく素敵ですし、W&Tのやり方がすっごくわかりやすいですね。
    これからもブログ拝見させていただきます。

    • Kyoko

      文字化けしてしまったので、もう一度コメント書きます(ごめんなさい!)
      コメントどうもありがとうございます。こちらこそよろしくお願い致します。
      アディクリックはとても使いやすいです。特に目を休ませる時に、他の針に移さないで、そのまま針をとってストッパーをつけるだけでとても便利!
      x
      Kyoko

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  7. Janette

    Thanks for an excellent tutorial.

    • Kyoko

      Thank you very much for your lovely comment!
      Kyoko
      x

  8. "maizey"

    Thank you for such very clear and concise instructions!

    • Kyoko

      Hi Maizeu!
      Thank you very much for your comment!
      x
      Kyoko

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  10. Trish

    Hello! thank you for the well written instructions on “wrap and Turn”. Am flying home tomorrow and will know how to do my knitting!!! I am making a hat for my Mamacita which I found at knitty.com/ISSUE wbis11PATTescargot.php? The photo in the picture reminds me of a picture of Mamacita when she was a young teenager–brown hat with turquoise contrast.

    Happy New Year! trish

    • Kyoko

      Hello Trish!
      Thank you very much for your lovely comment. A little belated Happy New Year to you!
      May the 2013 be a wondefully knitty year for you ;)
      x
      Kyoko

  11. Kerry Sibson

    So clear. Saved the day!
    Thanksj so much.

  12. Martha

    Thank you for the excellent tutorial. I am knitting your Merging Ripples Shawl (Knitscene, Winter 2012 special issue) as a prayer shawl for a friend recently diagnosed with Lymphoma. I haven’t had a lot of experience with short rows but really want this to turn out well. Your tutorial and well written pattern are excellent. And that yarn…? Blue Sky Alpaca Melange…what a dream! Thanks again for everything.

    • Kyoko

      Hi Martha,
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I really hope the shawl will cheer your friend. Blue Sky Alpaca is such an amazing yarn isn’t it? It’s one of my favourites. If you need any help with the pattern please don’t hesitate to e-mail me.
      x
      Kyoko

  13. Patti

    Hello

    My pattern says knit 55 and wrap and turn. Do I wrap the 55th stitch or do I knit the 55th stitch and wrap the 56th (next) stitch)

    Patti

    • Kyoko

      Hi Patti,
      Usually in the knitting patterns, if it says K55, w&t then you knit 55 stitches and wrap the 56th stitch.
      Hope this helps!
      x
      Kyoko

  14. Jaime

    I am trying to do the Short Row Shaping and I am slightly confused. The pattern says: Change to St st; being Short Row Shaping, working across to last 2 sts, wrp-t for each row until 15 sts remain.

    I don’t understand how I will have 15 sts remaining. I didn’t think this was a decreasing pattern.

    The next instructions are Reverse the Short Row shaping by working across picking up 1 more st each row, working wraps together with wrapped st, until all sts are being worked- 33 sts.

    This is a lot more confusing that I thought it would be. Could you possibly clarify all of this? Thanks so much!!!

    Jaime

    • Kyoko

      Hi Jamie,
      Thanks for the comment. Please let me (email might be better for a specific pattern inquiry) know which pattern you are working on so that I can help you. :)
      x
      Kyoko

  15. Maizee

    Hi
    I am trying to knit the Tychus hat by Brook Higgins and the 1st row says cast on 38 sts using MC. @nd row says using CC K 36 sts turn K to end. What do I do with the 2 stitches that are left. ??/ Im sorry if this sounds dumb, I am confused.
    Thanks for any help you can give.

    • Kyoko

      Hi,
      You don’t need to knit these 2 sts until after the short row is completed. Afterwards, if you are working on w&t, then you would be picking up these wraps at the base of the wrapped stitch and either knit or purl together.
      Hope this helps!
      x
      Kyoko

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