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):
||Step 1: Work the row for the specified number of stitches: purl or knit.|
||Step 2: Slip the next stitch purl wise.|
||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.|
||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: 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 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.|