Posted by: GourmetGirl | June 10, 2014

Wraps and Turns

Using Wraps and Turns – or working Short Rows – is a great way to add length to an area of your project. Short Rows also can be worked to create a shape in a design or to shape the top of sleeves to a sweater.images-1

I first started working Wraps and Turns to lower the front of a top-down sweater. Worked in the front for a female (to accommodate the boobies) and the back for a male (to accommodate broad shoulders). I then started working the back longer before the join to help the neck and create more arm hole comfort instead of using the wraps and turns to do the trick.

In my Tampa Nights, I used wraps and turns to create a shaped back area. I also did this in another summer top (still waiting for a name and those darn photos!). I am working on a long summer tank now and just want to make sure the back does not ride up and make the back shorter. So I have incorporated the Wraps and Turns in the purl area around the twisted cables. This hides the holes that can appear at the stitches that are wrapped.

When working wraps and turns, you knit across on the right side of your pattern, wrap a stitch then turn your work and work on the wrong side of the pattern, then wrap a stitch – turn and work back on the right side of your pattern. Each Short Row adds two rows of knitting across the section.

When wrapping a stitch, slip the stitch as if to purl. Bring the yarn to the right side of work and slip the stitch back to the left needle. Turn your work, return the yarn to wrong side and work to other  turn point, and repeat the wrapping process. You will see that the stitch is “wrapped” with your yarn.

images-2When you come to a wrap on the following round (or row), make it less visible by knitting or purling the wrap together with the stitch it wraps. To make the section even smoother make sure when you lift the wrap to your needle to knit or purl it together with the stitch it wrapped, make sure the “wrap” is behind the “real stitch”. This can be tricky, especially with the 2nd wrap, but again with practice and not being afraid to tink and try again all knitting can be accomplished. (I have even been known to drop a stitch down to the area and make it smoother by placing the wrap together with the stitch with my crochet needle.)

Working a Short Row is trickier (at first) when going back and forth from knitting and purling in a design. But once you figure out (and see) how to “wrap” a stitch you will not have a problem. (Don’t be afraid to tink back and work your wrap again, to get your stitch looking the way you want.)

Be adventurous! Practice using Wraps and Turns.

Happy Knitting,





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