Short Rows

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Short Rows are useful for making soft curves or darts in fabric.  They are rows that are only partially worked before turning.

For Example:  If a row has 20 sts, a short row would work only 15 of those 20 sts

A few things you need to do when working a short row:

  • You must wrap the next stitch before turning a short row in order to avoid a hole and to create a smooth transition in the work.
  • When working the row following a wrapped stitch, you need to hide the wrap by "picking it up".

The techniques required for short row shaping are pictured below.

Wrapping a Stitch (knit shown):

Short Rows, Wrapping a Stitch, Step 1

Step 1:  Work the row for the specified number of stitches:  purl or knit.

Short Rows, Wrapping a Stitch, Step 2

Step 2:  Slip the next stitch purl wise.

Short Rows, Wrapping a Stitch, Step 3

Step 3:  Bring yarn between the needles to the Right Side (facing side) of the work and slip the same stitch to the left hand needle.

 

Short Rows, Wrapping a Stitch, Step 4

Step 4: Bring yarn to wrong side (opposite side) of work.  Turn.  Purl or knit the next stitch as specified.

 

 

Picking up Wraps:

When working the row following a wrapped stitch, you must hide the wrap.

Knitting a Wrapped Stitch

Knitting a Wrapped Stitch:  Insert the needle from the bottom to the top, front to back into the wrap, then knitwise into the stitch itself.  Knit the wrap and the stitch together.

Purling a Wrapped Stitch

Purling Wrapped Stitch:  Insert the needle from the bottom to the top, back to front into the wrap, then purlwise into the stitch itself.  Purl the wrap and the stitch together.