Most knitters I know have at least a marginal knowledge or experience with wrapping and turning. I find that the idea of adding a wrap to a stitch is rather east and nearly self explanatory. Where I think this process gets daunting (and some tutorials glaze over without much thought) is the picking up of the wraps. This topic came up at a knit night a few weeks back and our poor knitter friend who was looking for help didn’t seem to be able to get a concrete answer from any of us. It’s a hard one to try to explain, so I whipped out the camera today in hopes of adding some visuals to this technique. I know there are plenty of sites out there that have these sort of tutorials but whenever I need to learn a technique I end up browsing about 4 or 5 sites until I find the one that explains it best in the way that I learn. Hopefully I can add something here to help someone out there!
Wrapping on the knit side
Wrapping on the purl side
Swing the yarn clockwise to the back of the work. Continue knitting on this side.
Now where things often get a little shaky is when you are knitting or purling and come across these wrapped stitches. I believe there are a couple of ways to approach this but I’ll show you how I do it.
Knitting a wrap (knit side)
Knitting a wrap (purl side)
There is one more version of knitting a wrap that I think is handy to know. This is the one that I always had a problem with myself up until I started writing patterns that involved short rows and I forced myself to figure it out better.
Knitting a wrap (knit side, version II)
This type of wrap you come across if you wrapped on the purl side then began working in the round again. In many patterns this will come up on the first knit round after a short row set.
Stick the right-hand needle through the bottom of the wrap and through the left side of the stitch. For some reason I always seem to make this wrap tight and it takes a little wiggle to get the needle in.