This tutorial is an add-on for my pattern for this guy. Hello, little monster!
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!
Say you have some stitches.
Wrapping on the knit side
You want to knit up to the point where your next stitch is the one to be wrapped. Don’t knit it…
… but slip it purl-wise onto the right hand needle.
Move your yarn counter-clockwise around this stitch, moving it to the front of your work.
Now slip that stitch back onto the left-hand needle. Move your yarn to the back of the work.
Turn the whole thing so the purl side is facing you. Now continue the other direction with the purl side!
Wrapping on the purl side
Purl to the stitch you want to wrap.
Slip that stitch to the right needle purl-wise and wrap the yarn clockwise to the knit side of the work.
Return the stitch to the left-hand needle.
Turn the work to the knit 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)
The next stitch to knit here has a wrap around it.
I like to slip the stitch purl-wise onto the right needle.
Insert the left needle through the bottom of the wrap, then through the stitch as if to knit.
Remove the right needle so both the wrap and the stitch are on the left needle.
Knit the wrap and the stitch together.
There. Not so hard, eh?
Knitting a wrap (purl side)
Here, same thing, the next stitch has a wrap.
Slip the stitch purl-wise to the right needle.
Insert the left needle through the bottom of the wrap and through the left side of the stitch.
Now slip the stitch back onto the left needle. Here you can see the wrap on the left, the stitch on the right. Purl the two together.
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.
You can see that wrap on the right side of the next stitch.
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.
Leaving the wrap on the needle, knit the stitch….
… then with the left needle pull the wrap up and over the stitch (like you’re binding off a stitch, same general motion).