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KW Summer Sweater KAL / Perfect Short Rows, Part 2

Hopefully you’re enjoying our Summer Sweater KAL! So far, we’ve gone over measuring the correct length for long tail cast ons, and yesterday, I went over the first step in creating almost invisible short rows. Today, I’ll go over the 2nd step of completing the short rows by picking up the wraps and knitting (or purling) them together with the stitch they wrapped.

If you need a refresher on Parts 1 + 2, check out yesterday’s post here.

Picking Up Wraps: Right Side

STEP 1 / Slip the wrapped stitch onto the right hand needle as if to purl. Slide the left hand needle into the wrap as if to purl and slip off the wrapped stitch.

STEP 2 / Tuck the right hand needle in front of the left hand needle through the wrap. The wrap is now to the right of the stitch it wrapped.

STEP 3 / 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 4 / 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.

Picking Up Wraps: Wrong Side

STEPS 1-2 / Slip the wrapped stitch onto the right hand needle as if to purl. Slide the left hand needle into the wrap as if to purl and slip off the wrapped stitch. Tuck the right hand needle in front of the left hand needle through the wrap. The wrap is now to the right of the stitch it wrapped.

STEP 3 / 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.

STEP 4/ Purl the wrap and wrapped stitch together through the back loop.

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 stitches together, resulting in a visible wrap from the right side of the work. The key is to purl the stitches together through the back loop once you’ve worked your initial set-up steps. This ensures the wrap is facing you as you work on the wrong side, but invisible once you’re on the right side.

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