short row wrap + turn tutorial by Kelbourne Woolens

Short row shaping is used often in sweaters - especially those knit in the round - most commonly to raise the back neck, create a sleeve cap, or in the case of Roma, lower the back hem to create the look of a shirt-tail. When done properly, short-rows are nearly invisible from the right side of the work. 

Learn how to wrap + turn for short row shaping, here.

RIGHT SIDE: PICK UP WRAP + KNIT IT WITH WRAPPED STITCH:

STEP ONE: Slip the wrapped stitch onto the right hand needle as if to purl.

STEP TWO: Slide the left hand needle into the wrap as if to purl and slip off wrapped stitch.

STEP THREE: Bring the working yarn in-between the needles to the back of the work.

STEP FOUR: Slide the wrap off the left hand needle.

STEP FIVE: Slide the wrapped stitch (1st stitch on your right hand needle and wrap (2nd stitch on your right hand needle) onto the left hand needle as if to purl. The stitches should be in the correct position on the needle, ready to be knit. 

STEP SIX: Knit the wrap and wrapped stitch together (k2tog).

*The main thing to pay attention to is to keep the wrap on the right side of the wrapped stitch so it is behind it when you knit them together*

WRONG SIDE: PICK UP + PURL IT WITH WRAPPED STITCH

STEP ONE - FOUR: exactly the same as working on the RS (see above). 

STEP FIVE: Slide the wrapped stitch (1st stitch on your right hand needle) and wrap (2nd stitch on your right hand needle) onto the left hand needle as if to purl. The stitches should be in the correct position on the needle, ready to be purled. 

NOTE: I have noticed that knitters easily sort out working the wraps on the right side, but when it comes to working on the wrong side, they run into a few issues in working the wrap and wrapped stitch together, resulting in wraps that are visible from the right side of the work. The key is to purl the stitches together through the back look once you've worked your initial set-up steps, making sure the wrap is facing you as you work on the wrong side, but invisible once you're on the right side. 

STEP SIX: Purl the wrap and wrapped stitch together through the back loop.