Julie Weisenberger of Cocoknits shares a new technique for creating short rows.
Often, adding techniques into the directions makes patterns run on and become too long. So I love when I can work techniques into the pattern of a design and still keep the pattern to a reasonable length.
I had just added the Shadow Wrap Short Row (SWSR) technique to my website (pictured above) and then wrote the pattern for Leonie, a wide, drop-shoulder, t-shirt-style knit. The sloped shoulders of Leonie are the perfect opportunity to use the SWSR.
I love this technique because it streamlines short row shaping. No more wrap and turn or even YO and turn. You knit or purl up to the turn, then work a little increase in the next st before slipping it back over to the left needle, turning and working back. SWSR creates a little “shadow” stitch (thus, the name) and therefore makes the short row easy to spot when you come back to it. In the traditional w&t, you would have to un-wrap the stitch, then hide the wrap. With SWSR you simply knit or purl the stitch together with its shadow. See the full instructions here.
Give it a try and see what you think. If you like it and want to practice, try knitting a Leonie. You’ll perfect your technique and wind up with a perfect summer to fall transition piece. It’s worked on US10 – 11 needles so it’s a quick knit. It also includes some other techniques, like binding off to avoid stair steps around the neckline.
Tell us what you think of this new technique. Do you think it is something you might try?