A short row is a row that you don’t knit all the stitches on. Hopefully, you are doing this on purpose, knitting something like Calorimetry, or a garment that uses short rows for shaping. The purpose of short rows is to shape the knitted fabric — either for shape (like the oval shaping on Calorimetry) or to provide fullness in the fabric, such as an appropriately shapely bust on a close fitting sweater.
Here is a simple short row swatch to knit if you want to practice this technique – it really is easier to do then to explain. If you need a nifty hattish headband kind of thingie, try Calorimetry next — it’s an excellent piece for practicing this technique.
Cast on 10 stitches.
Row 1 — Knit 10.
Row 2 – Knit 8, and turn the work as if you had finished the row, leaving two stitches unknit. Move the yarn behind your knitting.
Row 3 — onto the the needle with the two un-knit stitches, slip one stitch, then knit 5 stitches — this leaves two stitches un-knit. Turn the work again.
Row 4 — Slip one stitch, then knit to the end of the row.
Row 5 — Knit 10.
Calorimetry: This is a quick and useful project by
La Bonne Tricoteuse: Also on Knitty – a column about using short row shaping for busts, including a detailed deconstruction of a garment using the short row technique. Good photos.
Lagniappe: The short row swatch also has a simple and whimsical real world application, allowing you to avoid wasting the time, effort and yarn it costs you, while subtly showing the world around you your love of knitting.
Thank you! I just tried this out and it was so easy to follow. I’m a complete newbie (as in, had to refresh myself on how to cast off) and I could do this no prob. It was particularly useful because I’d just discovered and decided to do Calorimetry. Thanks again!!
PS:It was apparently thru an earlier post by *you* that I discovered cal. 🙂
oh very good! I understand. Thank you!!!
Thanks for your hard work. Very nice tutorial