Posted by: GourmetGirl | December 27, 2011

Short Rows

I have decided to post a technical post on Short Rows.

I have been contacted several times about the Short Rows on my Chambord design for Cascade Yarns. They are not necessary for this sweater – but read on and hopefully they will make sense and you will think of incorporating them in more of your knitting.

Short Rows are easy – once you get the hang of it. Adding Short Rows to the front of a female’s sweater allows the sweater  neck to lower for a more comfortable wear.

I have not always used short rows – but they can be easily added to most top down designs. I also recommend them to be worked after the rib of the neck.

When working wraps and turns, you knit across on the right side of your pattern, wrap a stitch then turn your work and work on the wrong side of the pattern, then wrap a stitch – turn and work back on the right side of your pattern. Each Short row adds two rows of knitting across your front section. (You work in between the front section markers until it says to work to the end of the row, then you knit, slipping the markers as you go to your starting marker.)

When wrapping a stitch, slip the stitch as if to purl. Bring the yarn to the right side of work and slip the stitch back to the left needle. Turn your work, return the yarn to wrong side and work to other  turn point, and repeat the wrapping process. You will see that the stitch is “wrapped” with your yarn.

When you come to a wrap on the following round (or row), make it less visible by knitting or purling the wrap together with the stitch it wraps. To make the section even smoother make sure when you lift the wrap to your needle to knit or purl it together with the stitch it wrapped, make sure the “wrap” is behind the “real stitch”. This can be tricky, especially with the 2nd wrap, but again with practice and not being afraid to tink and try again all knitting can be accomplished. (I have even been know to drop a stitch down to the area and make it smoother by placing the wrap together with the stitch with my crochet needle.)

Working a Short Row is trickier (at first) when going back and forth from knitting and purling in a design. But once you figure out (and see) how to “wrap” a stitch you will not have a problem. (Don’t be afraid to tink back and work your wrap again, to get your stitch wrapped.)

Knitting a new technique takes Patience, Time and Practice. Working a new technique or pushing your knitting skill to a new level is exciting and rewarding.

Knitting is a life long learning experience.

Happy Knitting throughout your long life, Nancy


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