06 Dec Shape your knits with short rows….
Well, I’m a bit late with November’s tutorial…but I have a good reason that I’ll explain in my next post. In the meantime, let’s take a look at short rows.
Using short rows to shape a knit project is gaining more popularity every day, and with good reason. Short rows can be used to add bust darts for a better fitting bodice for the well endowed, they can be used to make medallions, add flare & ruffles to a skirt hemline, add back neck length for a custom fit ~ and many more. So let’s hear what you use short rows for.
Everyone who comments on this post with a use for short rows will be entered in a drawing for a soft cover copy of “The Perfect Finish”! This book includes lots of good information about perfect beginnings & finishes for your knits ~ along with a full chapter on Short Rows by yours truly – me. 🙂 You must include contact information so I can let the winner know they’ve won. The entry period will end Dec 15th at midnight MST, and I will chose the winner by random draw on Dec 16th. If the winner does not reply by Dec 20th, another winner will be chosen. Fair?
OK – let’s learn about short rows. My favorite short row method is the Japanese method because I think this method results in the neatest, nearly invisible short rows, without having to do a lot of manipulation or strange maneuvers. While I’ve included several photos in this tutorial, working Japanese Short Rows is much simpler than you might think.
I hope you enjoy this tutorial – here is the PDF you can print & keep in your knitting bag ~ Japanese Short Rows. And I wish everyone a wonderful & safe Holiday Season!
Happy Knitting ~ Jean