There are many ways to work short rows, but this method is by far my favourite! I find the stitches come out more evenly than other methods I’ve tried, creating a more seamless short row. I hope you love it as much as I do!
- (Right side) Work to the stitch specified in your pattern
- Turn the work so the wrong side is facing
- (Wrong side) Slip the stitch from the left needle to the right needle purlwise with yarn in front
- 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.
- Bring the yarn to the front between the needles to begin purling, or leave at the back if the next stitch is knit
- Keeping a tighter tension than usual for the first few stitches work to the stitch specified in your pattern
- Turn the work so the right side is facing
- (Right side) Bring the yarn to the front between the needles
- Slip the stitch from the left needle to the right needle purlwise with the yarn in front
- 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’ stitches.
This is how you work your short rows, back and forth, creating extra fabric.
Picking up the turned/doubled stitches:
- Work to the doubled stitch
- Work the the doubled stitch as if it were one (like a knit 2 together, or purl 2 together, depending on the stitch)
Voila! You have worked German Short Rows!
Substituting German Short Rows for wrap & turn instructions:
When substituting German short rows for a classic wrap & turn (w&t) you just want to remember that a wrapped stitch in the w&t version is the same as the ‘turned’ or ‘doubled’ stitch in German short rows.
Instruction: knit to 3 sts before wrapped st, w&t
What you want to do for German short rows is to knit to 3 sts before the last turned stitch, work 1 more stitch and turn your work etc.
Some great TCK patterns that use short rows:
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