How to Knit Short Rows – a tutorial

For all who feel a bit intimidated by the use of short rows like i did in my Elinor Shawlette knitting pattern or for the heels in my Baby and Walking on… socks, I have put together a tutorial on how to knit short rows. They are also very useful, if you want to add horizontal bust darts to a sweater, so that it’s longer in the front.

How to knit short rows part 1 – wrap & turn

The action starts right after you knitted (or purled) the number of stitches specified in the pattern. Next it tells you to “wrap and turn”. This is how you do it:

short rows - wrap and turn - bring working yarn to the front and slip the next stitch

bring your working yarn to the front and slip the next stich purlwise

1. Bring your working yarn to the front of your work between your needles and slip the next stitch purlwise from your left to your right needle.

short rows - wrap and turn - slip stitch back to left needle wyib

with the yarn in back slip this stitch back to the left needle

2. Bring your working yarn back behind your needles again and slip the stitch you just slipped to the right back again to your left needle.

short rows - wrap and turn - turn

turn

3. The stitch is now wrapped. After the wrap follows the turn in wrap and turn. So now: turn your work.

short rows - wrap and turn - knit or purl as usual

work your way back as usual

4. While holding your yarn tight, knit or purl the next stitches like specified in the pattern.

How to knit short rows part 2 – picking up wraps

how to knit short rows - picture of a wrapped stitch

this is what a (double) wrapped stitch looks like

When the pattern tells you to work over a wrapped stitch, this is how you do it: Knit to the wrapped stitch. The stitch in the picture has been wrapped twice, because that’s what happens when you knit Elinor. Anyway, this does not have any effect on the following steps.

how to knit shart rows - picking up a wraps

pick up wrap and wrapped stitch knitwise

Insert the right needle into the wrap(s) and wrapped stitch upwards from the front of the work (aka pick them up / slip them knitwise) and transfer the yarn loops / stitches back from your right to your left needle.

how to knit short rows - knit wrap and wrapped stitch together trough the back loop

knit all loops together through the back loop

Knit the wrap(s) and formerly wrapped stitch together through the back loop (purlwise). So it’s just one stitch in the end.

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