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:
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.
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.
3. The stitch is now wrapped. After the wrap follows the turn in wrap and turn. So now: turn your work.
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
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.
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.
Knit the wrap(s) and formerly wrapped stitch together through the back loop (purlwise). So it’s just one stitch in the end.