Knitting: How to Turn vs Wrap & Turn
"What is the difference between Turns vs Wrap & Turns?"
This is a question that comes up a lot and is most frequently asked this way. “When my pattern tells me to Turn, they mean Wrap & Turn, right? “ Wrong!
Let's discover how these techniques are different and how they are used.
What is a Wrap & Turn?
Used to add depth and curve to a design (example: a rounded bottom of a garment, the curve of a shawl).
Involves wrapping the yarn around a stitch and then turning the work. Gaps show up but disappear when the wraps are knitted along with the stitch.
Patterns will always tell you it is a Wrap & Turn with the abbreviation w&t.
What is a Turn?
A turn is just that . . . turn your work and proceed. It can be used to leave an intentional gap (i.e. alternative method of creating eyelets).
May be paired with a decrease stitch to close the gap and create depth and curve (example: building a crescent shawl shape, turning the heel on a sock).
So now you know the difference!