The Wrap and Turn Short Row Stitch

Wrap and Turn Short Row Knitting Technique

About this technique

The wrap and turn short row is used to shape your work without using decreases or increases. It is 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. The wrap and turn short row is a great way to incorporate shaping while making your knitting look more seamless.

This technique can be used in everything from sweater busts, sleeve caps, shawls, and even hats.

[VIDEO] How to do this technique

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Technique Instructions

  • 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.

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9 thoughts on “The Wrap and Turn Short Row Stitch

  1. randidm says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

  3. says:

    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!

  4. Christine Walker says:

    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 says:

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

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