Help on pattern for wrapping stitches

Hi,

I need help with this pattern–I cannot get it going–took it to a knitting class and teacher could not figure it out, said she had never heard of wrapped short row technique. Here’s the pattern:

Cast on 21 stitches.

Decreasing:
k1,p1 to the last stitch. turn.
k1,p1 for (20) stitches. wrap next stitch. turn
p1,k1 for ((19) stitches. wrap next stitch. turn
k1,p1 for (18) stitches. wrap next stitch. turn. (18 stitches)
This continues for several rows until you have 11 stitches left, wrap next stitch. turn

Increases:

p1,k1 for 11 stitches. wrap next stitch (stitch will have 2 wraps). turn.
k1,p1 for 12 stitches. wrap next stitch. turn.
Etc.
Can someone help me?

Whenever I wrap the stitch, I end up with the original 21 stitches on the needle–where am I going wrong? Why can’t I just knit 2 together for my decreases, and knit 2 in the same stitch for the increases? Wouldn’t I get the same results?

I understand that wrapping the stitches keeps a hole from forming in the pattern, but once I wrap the stitches, what do I do to decrease or increase? Hope I’ve expained this well enough. The pattern is for ear mitts.

Thanks,

Knitaholic
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You’re not decreasing in the first part of the pattern, you’re just knitting fewer stitches.

To wrap and turn, knit the specified number of stitches, slip the next stitch, put the yarn over the needle, slip the stitch back and turn your work.

In this case, they’re having you knit short rows that get shorter and shorter as go. You will have 11 stitches left between the wraps, not eleven stitches on the needle.

Same with the increases. You’ll just be knitting more stitches between the wraps. There will not be any more stitches on the needle, just more that you’ll be knitting of the original stitches.

And to be honest, I hope you’re not paying this knitting teacher if she never heard of short row wraps.

Thanks, Ingrid, this makes more sense. This is a “free” knitting class. I’ll try this again, I just didn’t understand.

Knitaholic