What Does Turn Mean in Knitting?

If you’re new to knitting and you’re following a pattern you may get to a point where the pattern instructs you to “turn”. But what exactly does this mean? Here we will cover everything you need to know about turn in knitting.

What Does Turn Mean in Knitting?

Turn means to work back and forth in knitting. If you come across the term when following the instructions on your knitting pattern, you want to flip your piece over and work the same stitches you created on the other side of your piece.

Turns tends to be used on flat pieces or pieces that require short rows

How to Turn in Knitting

  • As you knit your last stitch on the row you are working on, you should have all your stitches on your right needle
  • To start the next row, switch hands and turn your work around so that your needle and work is in your left hand
  • With the empty needle in your right hand, you can now begin working on a new row

Watch the video below for a visual of how this is done

Closing Thoughts

Turning your work is an essential part of learning how to knit and you will find this instruction in many different patterns. After a little bit of experience, turning should become second nature, and it will be very easy for you to follow and understand.

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