How to Pick Up Wrapped Stitches

Knowing to pick up wrapped stitches is a valuable skill for any knitter. This technique can be used to repair dropped stitches, add extra stitch count when increasing and decreasing the size of your project, and even continue knitting in the opposite direction after turning the workaround.

How to Pick Up Wrapped Stitches

Wrapped stitches are also essential for creating decorative patterns such as cable patterns. By mastering this technique, you’ll be able to take on more complex projects confidently.

The main advantage of learning to pick up wrapped stitches is that it offers a neat and tidy finish for your knitting project. Unlike other methods, the wrapped stitch technique creates a smooth and even edge that won’t easily unravel or fray.

Additionally, this technique also prevents gaps from appearing at the edges when you are switching between rounds. You can find step-by-step instructions on how to pick up wrapped stitches in this blog article.

How Do You Wrap the Stitch Before Picking It Up?

Wrapping the stitches before picking them up is a simple process that only requires two steps. First, insert your right-hand needle into the stitch to be picked up (this should be the same loop that was part of the row you previously worked on).

Next, wrap the yarn around your right-hand needle, so it passes over and around the bottom. This will form a loop around your right-hand needle, which is then ready to be picked up.

Once the stitch has been wrapped, picking it up can be done in one swift motion. To do this, insert your left-hand needle into the wrap and draw your right hand through the loop. This will create a stitch on your left-hand needle, which can then be worked as desired.

Step-by-Step Processes for How to Pick Up Wrapped Stitches 

Step 1: Inspect the Edge of Your Knitting

Look at the edge of your knitting to determine which type of wrap you need to make. If the stitches have been worked in ribbing, a single wrap is usually sufficient; however, if they have been worked in stocking stitch (or stockinette) two wraps are usually necessary.

A Single Wrap is Usually Sufficient

Step 2: Place Your Needle Into The Wrapped Stitch

Insert your needle underneath the wrap and pull it through. Make sure you keep the wraps on either side of the stitch in place so that they don’t unravel or become loose. Now that you’ve picked up the wrapped stitches continue to work them as if they were regular stitches on the needle. This will ensure that your knitting looks neat and even.

Step 3: Wrap Stitches in Ribbing

When picking up wrapped stitches in ribbing, you will need to work two wraps together as one stitch. Insert your needle into the first wrap, then pull it through both of the wraps at once. This will create a single stitch on your needle.

When picking up wrapped stitches in stockinette, you need to make two separate stitches from each wrap. Insert your needle into the first wrap, then pull it through so that you have one stitch on your needle. Repeat this process for the second wrap to create two stitches.

Step 4: Wrap Stitches in Other Patterns

When picking up wrapped stitches in other patterns, you may need to work more than two wraps together as one stitch. This can be tricky, so make sure you read the pattern instructions carefully before attempting to pick up a wrapped stitch.

If you are using two needles, picking up two wraps at once can be easier. Insert the first needle into one wrap and the second needle into the other wrap, then pull both needles through so you have two stitches on each needle.

Using Two Needles

Step 5: Wrapped Stitches with Circular Needles

If you are using a circular needle, it can be easier to pick up two wraps at once by inserting the tip of the circular needle into one wrap and then pulling it through both wraps, so there are two stitches on the needle. The second involves inserting your needle into both wraps from the right side of the fabric, then pulling them both through to create two stitches.

By carefully following these steps on Picking Up Wrapped Stitches, you can ensure that your knitting project looks neat and professional.

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Precautions for How to Pick Up Wrapped Stitches

  1. Make sure all your tools are clean, sharp, and in proper working order to avoid any type of injury.
  2. Avoid using yarns with thick ends, as this will make it hard to maneuver the needle through wrapped stitches.
  3. Wear protective eyewear when picking up stitches with a crochet hook or knitting needle.
  4. Take your time, and don’t rush when picking up wrapped stitches. This will help to ensure that the stitches are picked up correctly and securely.
  5. Make sure to pay close attention as you pick up each wrapped stitch, to avoid any mistakes or miss picking the stitch.
  6. Don’t be afraid to pull out any incorrectly picked-up stitches and start again. This will help make sure that your project looks its best.
  7. When possible, pick up wrapped stitches from the back of the fabric rather than the front. This will help make it easier to identify which stitch needs to be picked up next. 
  8. If you still have difficulty picking up wrapped stitches, seek help from a local knitting or crochet shop for advice and guidance. Doing so can save you valuable time and effort in the long run.
Picking Up Stitches With a Crochet Hook

These precautions will help ensure that Picking Up Wrapped Stitches is done correctly and safely every time. This simple task can be easily done with the right tools and techniques.

How Can You Ensure the Picked-up Stitches Are Even and Consistent in Size? 

Once you have picked up the stitches, it is important to ensure they are even and consistent in size. To do this, count the number of loops that have been picked up on each side of the wrap. If there are more loops on one side than the other, then adjust as needed by either picking up additional wraps or removing wraps from one side.

It is also important to ensure that you insert the needle in the same location when picking up stitches on each side of the wrap. If there is too much space between the stitch and its wrap, it will cause uneven tension around the pickup area. To prevent this, make sure to insert your needle into both the loop and the wrap of every stitch.

Should You Use a Crochet Hook or Knitting Needle to Pick Up the Stitches? 

The answer to this question depends on the wrapping technique used. If you have wrapped the stitches with a knitting needle, then it is best to use a knitting needle to pick them up.

This will help ensure that you don’t miss any of the wraps and that your fabric doesn’t become distorted due to using the wrong tool. If you have used a crochet hook to wrap the stitches, then it is best to use a crochet hook to pick them up as well.

When you are picking up wrapped stitches, it is important that you do not pull too tightly when inserting your tool of choice into the stitch. This may cause the wraps to be pulled out and can lead to an uneven fabric. Instead, it is best to insert the tool gently, catching all of the wraps to ensure a smooth and even pick up.

How Do You Avoid Accidentally Dropping the Wrapped Stitches? 

  • Before picking up the wrapped stitches, ensure the yarn is securely held in place by wrapping it around your left index finger several times.
  • With your right needle, carefully insert it under both wraps of the stitch so you can get a good grip on it without dropping it.
  • Gently pull on the yarn with your left hand to ensure the wrap is secure and will not loosen as you work.
  • Once the stitch has been secured onto the needle, slide it off your left index finger and continue picking up stitches until all wrapped stitches have been picked up.
  • When you are finished, ensure the working yarn is securely in place before continuing with your project.
Continue Picking Up Stitches

Following these steps will help ensure that all of the wrapped stitches you have picked up stay on the needle and do not accidentally drop off.


In conclusion,  picking up wrapped stitches is an important technique to master. It may seem tricky initially, but with practice and patience, you can pick up even the most complex of wraps. Once you understand the fundamentals, picking up wrapped stitches will become second nature, and your knitting projects will have a professional finish.

Don’t be discouraged if it takes some time to get right. I hope reading this post has helped you learn how to pick up wrapped stitches. Make sure the safety precautions are carried out in the order listed.

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Jennifer Branett

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