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Five Patterns for Using the Wrap and Turn Technique

Many knitting patterns will have some new and exciting techniques to try beyond the basic knit and purl. Cables are fun and flirty, sweaters are cozy and complex, and socks are, well, socks! With a lot of these patterns you may be introduced to the short row or the wrap and turn technique. Craftsy already has a wonderful tutorial on how to master the wrap and turn technique. Now I’m going to show you five patterns and projects that will have you grabbing your knitting needles and diving in!

Sunshine Shawl
Be bright and bold with the Sunshine Shawl by Alba Cabrera. This pattern uses short rows to shape the curved stockinette stitches. The lace pattern is fun and whimsical and perfect for spring or summer. What a great way to showcase your new wrap and turn technique talents.


Mermaid Sock Pattern
This free Mermaid Sock pattern is a great way to get in a couple of new techniques: two needle cables and short rows using the wrap and turn technique. These socks are knit toe-up with a short row heel and such a creative pattern by Craftsy member stoperror, and it’s free!


Knit Dragon
I’m a bit obsessed with knitting dragons right now. My son’s favorite television show is all about dragons, so of course I am expected to knit an army of them. This Toy Dragon pattern by Rian Anderson uses short rows to shape the head and it looks so adorable. What a fun way to practice those short rows!


Short Row Hat
Looking for a hat to practice short rows on? Look no further than the Bavarian Twist Short-Row Cap. This cap is soft, warm and stylish! It is knit on straight needles, or flat on a cable needle and grafted to create the seamless look of a knit in the round hat. The pattern by Mountain Mist includes a chart and tutorial to help you complete the look flawlessly.


Another great shawl pattern using short rows and the wrap and turn technique is the Cadhla Shawl Pattern. This shawl is knit up quickly in worsted weight yarn. Designed by Paula Pereira from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, the pattern produces an exquisite piece of wearable art! She created the pattern to celebrate local wool makers who specialize in cruelty free shearing.


There you have it! A great wrap and turn tutorial and five great patterns from Craftsy members to showcase your new skill. Which pattern will you try your new wrap and turn skills on?

If you'd like to get more experience with this technique, check out the free Craftsy mini-class Short Rows. Be sure to come back to the Craftsy blog tomorrow afternoon to learn all about the domino knitting technique.



how much does it cost to sign up to get the pattern for the blue shawl. thank you


It is a free pattern, just click on the name of the shawl and it takes you to another page.


Can I work short rows to shape shoulders on an aran sweater with cables and seed stitches?
All instructions talk about knitwise and purlwise stitches..


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