Short Rows

Short rows is a technique used to insert extra rows invisibly in the middle of the knitting. Avoid creating holes where you turn your work by doing short rows with a wrap (end stitches).

You can use short rows to make curves, soft angles, diamonds, rectangles, wedges and triangles which may be used to make rounded edges at the bottom of a sweater, make sock heels elegantly curved or entrelac knitting. Short rows are also used to make curved knitted pieces like spheres.

You may want to use this method for many situations, ie to add shape to the bust (great for those larger cup sizes) with a smooth transition, below the back neckline, so the neck doesn’t dip down in the back.

Wrap & Turn on a knit row

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Step 1: Slip the next stitch purlwise.

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Step 2: Bring the working yarn to the front.

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Step 3: Return the slipped stitch to the left needle.

 

 

 

 

Step 4: Turn your work.

Step 4: Turn your work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrap & Turn on a purl row

If your pattern says “purl 6, w&t” you would purl 6 sts and then perform the w&t on the 7th stitch as follows:

Step 1: Slip the next stitch purlwise.

Step 1: Slip the next stitch purlwise.

Step 2: Bring the working yarn to the back.

Step 2: Bring the working yarn to the back.

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Return the slipped stitch to the left needle.

Step 3: Return the slipped stitch to the left needle.

Step 4: Turn your work.

Step 4: Turn your work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos from knotions

Shaping with short rows eliminates the jagged edges which occur when you bind off a series of stitches, ie at shoulders or on collars. After working short rows at a shoulder, join them to another piece directly from the needles or you can bind off all the stitches at one time.

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  1. This instruction is commonly seen in sock knitting patterns, for example, because short rows are often used to shape the heel cup and turn what’s been a straight piece of knitting into something sock-shaped.

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