Decreases, Increases, Working the Stitches

How to Work Short Row Shaping Part 2 of 4: The Standard Method vs. Wrap & Turn

This is part two of a four part blog series on short rows. In this post, we will cover the standard short row method and the wrap and turn method. Click here to read the blog from the beginning.

Standard Method

Work across the row to the turning point and then turn the work. It’s really that simple. The so-called “flaw” in this method is that it produces a hole at the turning point. Bear in mind that a “flaw” sometimes can be used as a design element within a garment. But holes aren’t always wanted and there are other methods which allow the knitter to avoid holes when working short rows.

Wrap and Turn Method

This is a commonly used method in sweater knitting and is often indicated within patterns as “wrap and turn” or w&t.

Wrap and Turn Knitwise

  1. Work across the row to the turning point.
  2. Slip the next st purlwise wyib from the left needle to the right needle.
  3. Move yarn to the front (wrapping the st).
  4. Slip the stitch back onto the left needle. Turn your work.

Wrap and Turn Purlwise

  1. Work across the row to the turning point.
  2. Slip the next st purlwise wyif from the left needle to the right needle.
  3. Move yarn to the back (wrapping the st).
  4. Slip the stitch back onto the left needle. Turn your work.

Closing the Gaps: Knit the Wraps

  1. For decreasing short rows: knit the wraps on the first row after all short row shaping is complete.
  2. For increasing short rows: knit (RS rows) or purl (WS rows) the wrap together with the stitch on the needle as you work the subsequent short row.

*Note that in some designs, the next row may be a bind off row after working all short rows.

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