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Ewrap or Twisted Stockinette Stitch

posted May 17, 2011, 12:17 PM by Loom Knitter   [ updated Jan 23, 2012, 5:25 PM ]
Skill: Beginner
Abreviation: Twisted Stockinette Stitch (tw St st) in traditional knitting, aka Ewrap (EW)
in loom knitting.

The stockinette stitch is the most commonly used stitch in traditional knitting. It is created with needles by knitting a full row, then purling a full row. Likewise, the twisted stockinette stitch is extremely popular in loom knitting and is often one of the first stitches a beginner will learn when using their Knifty Knitter looms. In the world of loom knitting, the stitch is known as the Ewrap. In the world of needle knitting, it is known as the twisted Stockinette stitch. (tw St st)
How to EWrap a Knifty Knitter Loom
This can be done with a round loom or a long loom. The sample photos show the loom wrapped using 2 yarns as if they are only one yarn. This results in a heavier finished knit.

Step 1:
Wrapping the first row. Begin by tying a slip knot and securing it to the anchor peg. The anchor peg is that out of place peg on the side of your Knifty Knitter loom that is turned at a different angle than all the other pegs.

Step 2:
Ewrap the loom by beginning with the peg closest to the anchor peg and wrapping the yarn around it to form a cursive letter "e." Start by pinching the yarn between your fingers and drawing it from the inside of the loom around the first peg toward the outside and then back toward the inside. The top of the cursive e should be toward the outside of the loom and the yarn should cross on the inside of the loom. The first time you do this it will take a little practice to get the feel for wrapping a loom, but once you have it down there is a rhythm to this step.

Step 3: Continue ewrapping all the pegs on the loom in a clockwise direction. You will know you are finished wrapping the first row when all the pegs have one loop on them.

Step 4: Push the first row of loops downward on the pegs. So that the first row of ewrapping is at the bottom of each peg.

Step 5: EWrap a second row following the same clockwise pattern used when you "cast on" your fir
st row. When finished each peg should have two loops of ewrapping.

Step 6: "Knit off" by using the Knifty Knitter hook to bring the bottom loop over the top loop from each peg. After gently pulling the bottom loop toward you, over the top loop, and off the peg, it is released toward the inside of the loom. Continue knitting off, making ewrap stitches around the loom, until all the pegs have only one loop left on them.

Step 7: Push the loops remaining on the pegs to the bottom. Ewrap another row. Knit off again pulling the bottom row over the top row with the Knifty Knitter hook. Continue this step, wrapping a new row and knitting off until your knit reaches the desired length.

The Finished Ewrap Knit

An important thing to know about any type of stockinette stitch is that the edges will roll if not stabilized with some other type of stitch along the edges. They roll toward the right side of the knit, not the wrong side, or the purl pattern side. Some patterns like stocking caps use the rolling edge to create a rolled hem. A garter stitch is a common stitch used to prevent rolling around the edge of the stockinette knit.

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