Are you enjoying our Summer Sweater Knit A Long? We hope so! Today's post is another Tip + Trick, dedicated to teaching you how to work perfect, nearly invisible short rows. Short row shaping is used often in sweaters - especially those knit in the round - most commonly to raise the back neck, create a sleeve cap, or in the case of Roma, lower the back hem to create the look of a shirt-tail. When done properly, short-rows are nearly invisible from the right side of the work.
Since it is very photo heavy, I've decided to break the technique into two posts. Today, I'll go through the steps for the Wrap + Turn on both the wrong side and right side, and tomorrow I'll go over exactly what the instructions "picking up wraps and knitting them together with the stitch they had wrapped." means.
PART ONE: WRAP + TURN (W+T) ON THE RIGHT SIDE:
IN PRACTICE: For my Roma, I've worked the hem, the increases to set-up for the body. For Row 1 of my short row shaping, I knit the number of stitches as specified in the pattern, and am about to work a "W+T" on the right side of the work.
PART TWO: WRAP + TURN (W+T) ON THE WRONG SIDE: The Wrap + Turn on the WS is much like the Wrap + Turn on the Right side, except you're, as you'd expect, working with the Wrong side facing.
IN PRACTICE: I've completed the Wrap + Turn on the Right Side, and the Wrong Side is facing. I then purled the number of stitches as specified in the pattern, and I about to work a "W+T" on the right side of the work.
And that's it! Come back tomorrow, when I'll show you how to pick up the wraps and knit them together with the stitches they wrapped. See you then!