Direction to wrap yarn in knit stitch


I have been knitting for a few years off and on, and I’m currently half-way through a super long harry potter scarf (red and gold stripes) on circular needles (which are so cool to use!). I was sitting with a friend who also knits, and we noticed that we knit differently. when I do the knit stitch, I wrap my yarn clockwise around the needle, while she wraps hers counter-clockwise. I have “knitting for dummies” and it shows wrapping the yarn counter-clockwise, but I don’t remember what my book said (that I learned from)… is there any detriment to my knitting because I wrap it the other way? the finished stockinette stitch looks normal and neat, no twisted yarn or anything… any thoughts? :??


I wrap counter-clockwise. Wrapping the other way will produce a twisted stitch, but if they’re [I]all[/I] twisted, it’s not necessarily noticeable.


as long as you always wrap the same direction for all stitches, there’s nothing to worry about. I wrap counter-clockwise for everything and never have problems, my best friend wraps everything clockwise for every stitch with the same results. I have another friend who insists on wrapping counter-clockwise for K’s and clockwise for P’s and no matter how many times I explain it to her, she still does it and every piece of flat stockinette that she does is all twisted stitches.


Clockwise for me too…I suppose once you have learned to knit a certain way it’s very hard to change. When using straights I rest my right needle over my arm! No one else in our knitting group holds theirs like that but it’s how I was shown and it’s comfortable for me.


I wrap counter clockwise for everything, but I don’t suppose it really matters - unless you aren’t consistent, as Jax says.


It depends on how you look at the needles whether I wrap closckwise or counter-clockwise. I wrap FORWARD between the needles then up and BACK over the needle for knits. For purls I wrap BACK, OVER the needle then FORWARD between the needles. Same direction for both but starting on oppisete sides of the needle.


You should point your friend over to this site to learn about
combination knitting. It is basically what she is doing but to
keep from having twisted stitches she needs to knit through
the back loop. I knit this way and love it!
Libbie :slight_smile:


I’m having a hard time thinking of my needle as a clock. I found that it was easy to pull the yarn through if I wrapped it one way, and that it got stuck if I wrapped it the other way. I chose the way that worked.


In the knit-stitch, I wrap clockwise myself, now that I think about it… perhaps that’s why my stockinette pieces always have a pronounced difference between knit and perl rows… its not bad-looking, but you can tell, especially with thick, fuzzy yarns (like velvetspun), that alternating rows are done somehow different. Well, I’m halfway through a blanket, better not worry about it now :think:


I wrap my knit stitches counterclockwise and my purl ones clockwise. I’ve never noticed any twisted stitches and am wondering if this is a different type of knitting that I’m unaware of as everyone seems to do it opposite


It is possible to do the wrapping in both direction without getting any twisted stitches. Depending on the direction you wrap, the right leg of the stitch will either be in front of the needle or behind the needle. To not get any twisted stitches one need to take this into account.
For knit stitches: If the right leg is in front of needle, approach from left. If the right leg is behind the needle, approach from right.
For purl stitches: If the right leg is in front of needle, approach from right. If the right leg is behind the needle, approach from left.
Simply said: make sure the right leg stays at the right side of the needle you knit with.

I knit continental combined style and I have stitches mounted both ways (depending on what I did on the previous row/round) so I need to approach the stitches differently depending on the orientation. Like this I never get any twists.

As I wrote earlier in this thread: What is the Most Important Technique/Lesson You have Learned?, combined knitting really helped me understanding why things are done in a certain way. If I have to rip something, I never need to think about in what direction I pick up the stitches and I am able to knit directly without reorienting them.