Socktopus

Greetings out there in knitter’s land… Has anyone heard the term W&T? I am currently knitting an octopus with socks (not the removable kind). I have three stitiches on the first pin, 2 on the second and three on the third. To create the heel in the sock, the pattern reads…

Heel and Foot:
Wrap first st of next row and turn work (W&T).
Row 1 [WS]: P4, W&T.
Row 2 [RS]: K3, W&T.
Row 3 [WS]: P2, W&T.

In following rows, when working a st which had been wrapped on a previous short row, pick up the wrap and work it together with the wrapped st.
Row 4 [RS]: K3, turn work.
Row 5 [WS]: Sl 1, p3, turn work.
Row 6 [RS]: Sl 1; resume working in the round.
Work in stockinette st until foot measures 1.25 inches from last row of heel.

Does anyone have any idea of the steps here?

It stands for Wrap and Turn. It’s used for short rows, often at heels of socks, which I think is where you are using it.

Here is the definition off the Knitty.com glossary: Bring yarn to front of work between needles, slip next st to right-hand needle, bring yarn around this st to back of work, slip st back to left-hand needle, turn work to begin working back in the other direction.

Check the video page here, I bet there is a vid for it, too.

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter08/PATTsocktopus.php

That’s a very common technique for when you want to add shaping or a few rows in the middle of a pattern. Here’s the page with the KH video -
http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/advanced-techniques