Hopefully you're enjoying our Summer Sweater KAL! So far, we've gone over measuring the correct length for long tail cast ons, and yesterday, I went over the first step in creating almost invisible short rows. Today, I'll go over the 2nd step of completing the short rows by picking up the wraps and knitting (or purling) them together with the stitch they wrapped.
If you need a refresher on Parts 1 + 2, check out yesterday's post here.
PART THREE: (RS): PICK UP WRAP + KNIT IT WITH STITCH IT WRAPPED:
IN PRACTICE: I'm knitting myself a Roma, out of Savannah in natural, sycamore and cabernet. So far, I've worked the hem out of natural and have begun to knit my short rows. I have worked two RS and WS "W+T", and I am on Row 3 of the Short Row shaping and have reached my first wrapped stitch.
And that's it! You can see I broke it down into many steps, but once you get the hang of it, you'll find it is really three fluid motions - sliding the wrap off and putting it in place, then slipping the 2 stitches onto the LH needle, then knitting them together. The main thing to pay attention to is to keep the wrap on the right side of the wrapped stitch, so it is behind it when you knit them together.
PART FOUR: (WS): PICK UP WRAP + PURL IT WITH STITCH IT WRAPPED:
IN PRACTICE: I have worked Row 3, and am now on Row 4, purling back the designated number of stitches. I have reached my first wrapped stitch on the WS and need to purl the wrap together with the stitch it wrapped.
Steps 1-4 are exactly the same as working on the RS, so they should be pretty straightforward.
I have noticed that knitters easily sort out working the wraps on the RS, but when it comes to working on the WS, they run into a few issues in working the wrap and wrapped stitch together, resulting in wraps that are visible from the RS of the work. The key is to purl the stitches together through the back loop once you've worked your initial set-up steps, making sure the wrap is facing you as you work on the WS, but invisible once you're on the RS.
That's it! Hopefully this took the mystery out of perfect short rows, or taught you a few new skills to add to your repertoire. - KGO