So… moving right along.  It’s very uncommon that stitches will get wrapped twice when working short rows, but every now and then you will come across a pattern that has you wrap stitches twice and then work up to them and pick up both of the wraps. This is one of those patterns.

If you decide that you don’t want to pick up the wraps that’s fine too- but expect there to be gaps running down your cowl section.  You may or may not like the look of these gaps, but I will let you decide the direction in which you would like to go.

The first time you get to a wrap there is only one to pick up and you can pick it up the way you normally would.  Also you can check out the free Craftsy Class I recommended last week by Carol Feller on how to work short-rows and pick up the wraps.

 

    

1- Slip the first wrapped stitch from your left hand needle to your right hand needle (knit wise).

2- With the tip of your left hand needle, pick up the wrap around the stitch.

3- Place the slipped stitch from your right hand needle back onto your left hand needle.

4- Knit the two stitches (the original stitch and the wrap) together as if they were one.

 

The rest of this part of the pattern is the same.  As I discussed last week, make sure to keep the integrity of the stitch pattern intact when working this pattern.  Make sure you have the same number of stitches throughout the cowl section.  If your stitch count changes this will offset your pattern when you go back to work the second half of the front.

Now when it comes to picking up two wraps around your stitches it is essentially the same idea.  This might seem confusing or cumbersome, but it is the same idea.  The only difference is that you will be picking up two wraps instead of one and working three stitches together instead of two.  Lets go through it together, shall we?

 

First thing is first, if you don’t know what a double wrap looks like you are going to have a hell of a time trying to pick it up.  Above is a picture of a double wrap- I circled it to make it easier to see.  You can compare it to the wraps to the left of the circled one and see that each stitch has only been wrapped once.  The difference between a single wrap and a double wrap is very slight but makes all the difference.

 

   

1- Slip the first wrapped stitch from your left hand needle to your right hand needle (knit wise).

2- With the tip of your left hand needle, pick up the two wraps around the stitch.

3- Place the slipped stitch from your right hand needle back onto your left hand needle.

4- Knit the three stitches (the original stitch and the two wraps) together as if they were one.

 

Continue working the wraps this way for the remainder of the cowl section.  When you are finished with the cowl section your piece should look like this.  DO NOT remove your lifeline! You’ll need it later.

 

 

Next week is a break week.  You will have about two weeks to get to the second armhole.  I will show again how to insert a lifeline.  If I have time I will make a little demo video… but no promises, okay?  Please let me know if you have any questions- you can post them here, Ravelry or Facebook or email them to me@graceakhrem.com.  Happy knitting!!!

Check out two of my new patterns – Olana Slouch & Alisha’s Cardigan now available on Ravelry!
Olana Slouch
Alisha’s Cardigan
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