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How To Knit: Wrap Stitch

How To Knit: Wrap Stitch

Catherine Hirst explains how to perform a certain aspect of knitting which is called wrapping a stitch and then shows us how to pick up the wrapped stitch.

I'm going to show you how to make a wrapped stitch in knitting and also how to pick up the wrap when you come back to it on the next row. To make a wrapped stitch, you will follow the pattern to wrap the stitch that they want you to wrap but let's say it's this next one here. So, to wrap the stitch, you're going to bring the yarn forward between the needles, you will slip that next stitch pearl-wise, meaning you're inserting the needle as if you're pearling over to the right hand needle, you take the yarn to the back between the needles and then you bring that stitch back over to the left hand needle and you can see that the yarn has wrapped around the stitch.

I'm going to show you that again. So, you begin by bringing your yarn forward between the needles, you slip the stitch over to the right hand needle, you take the yarn to the back, wrapping it around that stitch and then you bring the stitch back to the left hand needle. Usually, wrapping is used in short row shaping in knitting which is used to make shapes or change direction in your knitting, so oftentimes, you're going to be turning your work after you wrap that stitch.

So, let's say we've turned the work, we'll go ahead and knit across that row, and then I'll show you how to pick up that wrap when we come back to it on the previous row. So, here we are. Can you see the wrap? that's the wrap there on the fourth stitch in, so I'll show you how this works, when you come back to the wrap, and it may not be in the next row, but when you come back to that wrapped stitch, what you're going to do, we need to get that wrap up onto the needle so that we can knit it together with the wrapped stitch.

So, if you pass the wrapped stitch over to the right hand needle and then take your left needle and lift up that wrap, make sure you get the whole thing, and also put that onto the right needle, so we've now got the wrap and the wrapped stitch on the right hand needle, we're going to pass them both back over to the left hand needle and knit them together. So we're not increasing because we're going to use that knit to together decrease, to make sure that we still have one stitch at the end but we've picked up the wrap. And that's how to wrap a stitch and pick up a wrapped stitch. .