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Japanese W&T

As promised at the end of the last post, here’s a tutorial of a new? short rows technique – a mix of W&T and Japanese method.

On RS (from RS to WS), as with W&T method, you knit to the turn-back point, slip one stitch, and bring your working yarn in front. I usually replace wrapped sts onto LN before turning work, it’s more secure.

Turn work and bring back working yarn in front (WS of work now). And, this is the most crucial point, slip the first st with yarn in front (photo), instead of purling it.
JapW&T-RS1

On this picture, I purled the second st. You have a running thread in front of the slipped st.
JapaneseW&T-RS2

To resolve the gap, you proceed as for W&T.
On RS, you work to the wrapped st,
JapaneseW&T-RS3
and lifting wrap with RN tip (left), knit together with the st (right).
WT_RSgap2 WT_RSgap3

Here’s the result from WS. Wrap is longer with this technique; yarn goes across slipped sts.
JapaneseW&T-resultRS

On WS (WS to RS), you proceed as on RS.
You purl to the turn-back point, slip one stitch on RN and bring your working yarn in back. Replace the st on LN, turn work, bring the yarn in back.

And slip the first st with yarn in back (photo).
JapW&T-WS1

Here, I knitted the second st.
JapaneseW&T-WS2

To resolve the gap, once again, you do as for W&T!
When you come back to the wrapped st,
JapaneseW&T-WS3
inserting RN tip into wrap from the bottom in back, lift the wrap onto LN .
WT_WSgap2 WT_WSgap3

Now you only need to purl the wrap and the st together.

The result from WS.
JapaneseW&T-resultWS

And what is striking is that you obtain the same result as with the Japanese method 2 (slipped st and yo). This is indeed totally logical because, instead of keeping connecting loop on the needle with yo, we wrap it around sts. The result on RS is just as neat and what’s more, you don’t need to reverse YO and st to purl on WS. Not bad, is it? 🙂 We can call this way Japanese Wrap & Turn!

JapaneseW&T-result-both

To be toally honnest, I have to add that the result on RS is the same as German short rows technique (or double st), and conncecting loop on WS is shorter with German method, which gives you an even neater fabric.
But if you’re used to W&T, this Japanese W&T is a good compromise!

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