Designing and knitting with short rows

I just finished writing pattern for one of my latest Karabella designs: KK 617 “Bluebell Yoke sweater”and can definitely say that it is one of my favorite: classy and elegant. I like it so much that I immediately decided to make one for myself while it is still fresh in my head. It will be in cognac color (will post a picture when done).

In this sweater I used one of my favorite techniques: short rows.My followers know that I use short rows technique quite often in my designs (quite a few in my book “Runway Knits“) and over the years I realize that not every knitter (even a good one) knows how to do short rows or at least they sometimes confused with the wordage describing it: ”wrap and turn”. I am sure that there are different ways authors describe short rows, but today I will talk about my own short rows instructions so that my readers could be more comfortable in following my instructions. Moreover, we created a little video to help you visualize the process.

Short rows are used in designs to advance one side of the garment against another: like a dart. In the “Bluebell Yoke Sweater” I used short rows tecnique to create a nicely fitted yoke: the side which is creating a neck line is much shorter than a line connected to the body of the sweater.

 There are different types of darts: symmetrical darts, short to long, long to short, etc. Today I will be talking about “long to short” technique which I use the most. So, basically you work the row each time shorter and shorter until all the stitches are worked completely. That is easy, but there is a trick to it: every time you turn the row it will be a hole in your knitting. To avoid that we wrap a last st before turning the row: “wrap and turn”.

Below is a fragment of “Bluebell Yoke Sweater” I want to discuss: 

Row 13: Work in patt to the last 7 sts, wrap the next st, turn

Row 14: Slip the wrapped st to the right hand needle, work in pattern to the end of row.

Row 15: Work in patt to the last 14 sts, wrap the next st, turn

Row 16: repeat row 14.

Row 17: Work in patt to the last 21 sts, wrap the next st, turn

Row 18: repeat row 14.

Row 19: Work in patt to the last 28 st, wrap the next st, turn

Row 20: repeat row 14.

Row 21: work to the last 35 sts, wrap the next st, turn

Row 22: repeat row 14.

Rows 23-32: Repeat rows 1 and 2. In row 23 work the st with the wrap together where occur. 

Row 13: Work in patt to the last 7 sts, wrap the next st, turn

Row 14: Slip the wrapped st to the right hand needle, work in pattern to the end of row.

Row 15: Work in patt to the last 14 sts, wrap the next st, turn

Row 16: repeat row 14.

Row 17: Work in patt to the last 21 sts, wrap the next st, turn

Row 18: repeat row 14.

Row 19: Work in patt to the last 28 st, wrap the next st, turn

Row 20: repeat row 14.

Row 21: work to the last 35 sts, wrap the next st, turn

Row 22: repeat row 14.

Rows 23-32: Repeat rows 1 and 2. In row 23 work the st with the wrap together where occur.

If you would like to practice short rows with me, cast on 39 sts, work 4 rows in k1, p1 rib, turn on my little video and let’s practice short rows together!

Knitting short rows YouTube video

Please post any questions you may have – I will be happy to answer them.

Happy Holidays to all of you and thank you for reading my blog.

 

 

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