It's Christmas time

albert's picture

So thoughts naturally turn to...short rows. O.k., I'm a little odd. But short rows have been much on my mind lately. I have tried many of the sundry techniques available out there and have been dissatisfied with them, especially for knitting in the round, so I have come up with my own. If you need something last-minute to stuff in your stocking (or elsewhere), here it is:

Knit to your first turning point.
Slip the next stitch purlwise from left needle to right.
Do a backwards loop increase of one stitch onto your right needle.

Turn your work.

Slip the new stitch onto your (now) right needle.
Purl to your next turning point.
Slip the next stitch purlwise onto your right needle.

Turn your work.

Do a backwards loop increase of one stitch onto your right needle.
Knit to your next turning point and repeat this procedure for as many short rows as you need.

When done with your short rows close the gaps as follows:

After last purl-back and backwards loop increase, knit to the first turning-point gap created on the knit side, and close this gap by doing a k2tog. Do this for all gaps created on the knit side.

Continue knitting around until arriving at the first gap created on the purl side.

To close this gap and all other gaps created on the purl side, do an ssk.

This closes the gaps and decreases away the extra stitches created from the backwards loop increases.

Note that on the knit side, the backwards loop increase happens before turning the work; on the purl side, the backwards loop increase occurs after turning the work.

Sounds complicated, but is as easy as figgy pudding.

Merry Christmas!

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albert's picture

Merry Christmas to you,

Merry Christmas to you, Robert (no doubt you'll get your snow eventually, and I'll send you mine as well).

rjcb3's picture

Well, with you, it's easy

Well, with you, it's easy enough, just truck it on into Portland and dump it up on Congress St. eventually, it'll roll down the hill.

:)

)O(
Robert

rjcb3's picture

Ummmm...have you ever done

Ummmm...have you ever done figgy pudding?

:)

Thank you, I will try this method. Interesting how some of the most complicated looking stuff is actually the easiest to do once the directions are actually followed once or twice.

I'll be knitting later on, anyway -- yeah, like that's something new.

Happy Christmas.

)O(
Robert