I have to admit I’m missing the Friday Freebie pattern polls – so much that I decided to do another one this week. So… Which free sock knitting pattern do you want to see as this week’s Friday Freebie? There are three lovely free knitting patterns for socks to choose from this week. Shown from top to bottom: QED, Anton and Schneeflocke.
QED is a combined socks/stockings pattern, Anton a sock and Schneeflocke an Alpine stockings knitting pattern.
Vote here for your preferred free knitting patterns for socks to be featured in this week’s Friday Freebie!
Short rows are a wonderful technique that no knitter should be without. Many knitters think they might have a major learning disability with short rows. Ever tried them in the past and just couldn’t wrap your mind around them? Well, let’s demystify short rows then!
What Are Short Rows?
Short rows create curves or soft angles in the mostly straight-edged, flat-paneled knitting landscape. They accomplish this by partially knitting an existing row to a predetermined stitch count, then turning the work and working back to the same (or another) count, and turning again.
So basically, a short row is just that: a row that you don’t knit to the end of the needle. Instead, you work part of the way across the row, make one special short rows stitch (often called a “wrap and turn”, but there are other techniques, too – more on that later), and then work back the other way, sometimes to the end – and sometimes just to another wrap and turn.
So by using short rows, you are adding shaped rows within the body of the garment without increasing stitches, or casting on more of them.
Short rows are a very handy technique when it comes to knitting sock heels, help to achieve certain shawl shapes (especially Crescent shawls) and adjusting the fit of knitted garments.
A little shaping created right into your garment might just be the difference between gaping armholes, an unintended feature of your belly button, or having to make a size larger that fits your chest (but sags on your hips and shoulders, because the garment is just too big).
Short rows are an easy, sophisticated, and non-obtrusive knitting technique.
Short Row Techniques
Wrap and Turn
The wrap and turn method is the most common technique to work short rows out there – except for Germany and Austria, we have our own version but more on that later – and is quite easy to knit. It has one drawback though: the wraps are clearly visible in your knitting. That’s the main reason why I don’t use this method when working short rows.
If you need a tutorial on how to work short rows using the wrap and turn method, Purl Soho has an excellent article about working short rows with wrap and turn.
Japanese Short Rows
Japanese short rows don’t have the disadvantage of visible wraps but they need additional tools: safety pins, or locking stitch markers, alternatively.
German short rows are my favorite way of working short rows. It is simple to execute, and is nearly imperceptible in your fabric. When using this method, you don’t need to wrap your stitches, nor do you need to hang markers off your yarn at each turn.
That’s how German short rows look in progress: each little double loop on the needles is actually one double stitch.
The Double Stitch in German Short Rows
The German method for working short rows uses a special stitch referred to as “double stitch”. To make a double stitch, insert needle as if to purl with yarn in front. Slip stitch off the needle, pull working yarn to back so the slipped st falls to the back and the stitch in the row below is pulled up over the right hand needle.
So far, you’ve read nothing new – I guess there’s a ton of blog posts compiling information and links to these three short row methods. What I want to share with you today is the nuts and bolts of short row shaping:
How To Determine Short Row Shapes Before Knitting a Single Stitch
The extra mile in this article about short rows is that I’m actually telling you which shape your short row section is going to have before you even start knitting.
I told you that short rows are worked by partially knitting an existing row to a predetermined stitch count, then turning the work and working back to the same (or another) count, and turning again. The result looks similar to the illustration below.
You are creating a triangle, basically! The only difference between knitting a triangle using deceases on both sides is that your stitch count doesn’t change.
So when it comes to determine the resulting shape of a short row section, the same principles as outlined in my article about increases in triangle shawls apply: if you know your gauge, you can calculate the resulting shape.
If your gauge is 4 stitches to an inch in both rows and stitches, working each stitch on each side as a double stitch (or wrap and turn), the resulting angle would be approximately 45°.
Now go and give short rows a try! Let me know by leaving a comment below if this article was helpful for you.
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Hello everybody! I hope your week was as exciting as mine and I would like to make an announcement: this is going to be the last Friday Freebie for a while.
This doesn’t mean there will be no more free stuff on this website – of course there will! I just have to admit that I’m getting bored with doing the very same thing every week and would like to take this website to the next level.
Having published free knitting patterns every Friday for almost a year, things are getting boring. Most of my knitting patterns have been available as Friday Freebies already. Do you really want to see the same free stuff over and over again?
Honestly: I don’t.
Don’t be too sad. Next week, a different type of Friday Freebies is going to take off here at jriede.com. I’ll let you know soon. To tease you a little bit: it’s going to be of much more value than just one single free knitting pattern each week.
So watch this blog – and your inbox, if you’re already on my mailing list! and keep an eye out for it. It will be worth it, promise!
But now… on to this week’s Friday Freebie!
Today’s free knitting pattern is Persia Goes Green, a knitting pattern for a stole worked center out.
You can download the free shawl knitting pattern in the shop for the next 24 hours.
Feel free to drop me a note if you knit your own version of this lovely shawl, I’d love to see yours. Enjoy your free shawl knitting pattern!
Happy knitting! Feel free to share & spread the word :)
Right now, I’m editing the videos for the Q&A section of part one of the Shawl Design Bootcamp. I have to confess my latest video editing assignment has been back in 1999. Yes, you read right: nineteen ninety-nine.
Taking this into account, I’m doing pretty well with video editing. Some skills just seem to persist, and Adobe seemed not to have changed much in the last 15 years when it comes to usability. Still pretty good!
Needless to mention it’s a lot of work, though. But I’m enjoying every moment and learning lots.
I’m considering adding video content to my tutorials on this site. What do you think? More video or not? Let me know!