German Short Rows
Well, I think this tutorial is long overdue! I have struggled with short rows, often having a little hole where I don’t want one, or uneven stitches that needed to be re-distributed. It seemed nearly impossible to get a perfect tension on them. But now I have found a method I love! It is very easy once you get the rhythm and the stitches come out more even, creating a more seamless short row.
Creating Short Rows:
Step 1 (right side): work to the stitch specified in your pattern (for my swatch I worked to 5 sts from the end)
Step 2: turn the work so the wrong side is facing
Sept 3: slip the stitch from the left needle to the right needle purlwise with yarn in front
Step 4: Pull the yarn to the back of the work OVER TOP of the right needle. This will distort the stitch, making it look as if there are 2 stitches instead of 1.
Step 5: Bring the yarn to the front BETWEEN the needles to begin purling.
Step 6: keeping a tighter tension than usual for the first few sts work to the stitch specified in your pattern (again I worked to 5 sts from the end)
Step 7: turn the work so the right side is facing
Step 8: bring the yarn to the front BETWEEN the needles
Step 9: slip the stitch from the left needle to the right needle purlwise with the yarn in front
Step 10: pull the yarn to the back of the work OVER top of the right needle. This will distort the stitch making it look as if there are 2 stitches instead of 1.
Continue in this fashion as specified in your pattern, creating your ‘wrapped’ or ‘doubled’ sts.
This is how you work your short rows, back and forth, creating extra fabric.
Picking up the wraps / double stitches:
Step 1 (on the right side): Work to the doubled stitch
Step 2: work the the doubled stitch as if it were one (like a knit 2 together)
Step 3 (on the wrong side): work to the doubled stitch
Step 4: work the doubled stitch as if it were one (like a purl 2 together)
Voila! You have worked German Short Rows!
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