Short rows are a clever way to add shaping and curves to your knitting, and Heidi Kirrmaier takes them to the max in her Vitamin D cardigan, our current knitalong project! If you’ve never tried short rows before, we’re here to help you out.
First, let’s clarify what a short row is. It’s essentially an incomplete row of knitting — in the process of a regular row you’ve stopped, turned the work, and headed back in the opposite direction. Part of your knitting is now going to have more fabric, and the part left unworked has been “shorted.” If you do this over and over again, you’ll create a wedge shape. It’s the wedge idea that creates the beautiful drape in the Vitamin D cardigan! However, we have to add one little thing in order to avoid big, gaping holes in our work: wrapped stitches.
Let’s take a look…
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