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How to Knit the Wrap and Turn Short Row Stitch

music in video is from demo 2008 by (Latch\xe9 Swing) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the wrap and turn short row stitch. This technique is used to shape your work without using decreases or increases. It is a achieved by stopping in the middle of the row, turning your work, and knitting the other direction. By wrapping the last stitch before you turn, you can keep from a small hole forming when knitting back over the stitch. This will make you knitting look more seamless.

Skill: Intermediate


Step 1: Slip the next stitch after your turning point onto your working needle.

Step 2: Wrap your working yarn around the slipped stitch.

Step 3: Slip the stitch back to your main needle.

Step 4: Turn your work and continue knitting in the opposite direction.

Once you are ready to knit over your wrapped stitches, pick up the wrap and place it onto your main needle, then knit the wrap and the wrapped stitch together.

Example of the Wrap and Turn Short Row Stitch

Example of the Wrap and Turn Short Row Stitch



  1. randidm

    January 25, 2012

    hey, you have a fantastic clear instruction method. kudos! Now, can you please show the purl side of wrap short row? I’m not sure which way to slip the stitch on and off the purl side, as well as which way to grab the wrapped stitch on the purl side.

    • JohnnyV

      February 29, 2012

      The technique is exactly the same for the purl side. you would just wrap front to back since your yarn will be in front.

  2. Evelyn Bonilla

    February 29, 2012

    Thank you for your prompt response to my request. Your explanation of this technique is the best. Clear and concise.

    • JohnnyV

      February 29, 2012

      Thank you so much! Glad you found it easy to understand.

  3. 2manyyarns

    May 10, 2012

    Were can we find you on Ravelry?  You ARE on Ravelry right?    

    • newstitchaday

      May 10, 2012



    February 26, 2013

    This is great!! A friend and I have been working on a pattern for 4 hours and just could not figure it out. We played it over and over again until we could work our pattern without watching the video. Thank you so much!

  5. Christine Walker

    June 30, 2013

    Hi this is 1st time ive come across this stich snd your instructions are great. But once you turn your work are you proceeding to the next row in your pattern? I know this must seen dead obvious but im nervours to proceed plz help xx

    • Johnny Vasquez

      July 14, 2013

      It’s more of a shaping technique than a stitch, but yes, you are moving to the next row in your pattern.