I have a love/hate relationship with short rows; I love how they can be used to create shape within a project, but I often hate how untidy my efforts look. Cue the new book Short Row Knits by Carol Feller who publishes patterns under the name Stolen Stitches.
The book features four short row methods, each explained with clear instructions and illustrations, and the 20 projects then provide the perfect opportunity to learn one of the methods or practice those that may be familiar to you. Indeed, the tagline for the book is ‘learn-as-you-knit’ which is right up my street as I love learning new techniques and I’m always hungry for more knitting knowledge being very much in the process knitter camp rather than the product knitter.
With it’s clever construction and a band of Carol’s signature cables, the first pattern to catch my eye was the Frio hat. It’s clever shaping is achieved through the use of Japanese short rows – a technique I haven’t tried before. Could this be the one to get my short rows in order?
Japanese short rows use (at least) a billion stitch markers – think of your project as a bejewelled work in progress and embrace the charm bracelet effect as you fasten on the markers and work back and forth, building up short row upon short row.
Then the magic happens! Work along the row to pick up and knit or purl the ‘wraps’ with their stitch, removing the markers as you go, and what you will find you are left with is beautifully neat, no hole, short row stitches.
I think these might just be the prettiest short rows I’ve ever done. Thank you Carol for such a great tutorial and a really interesting pattern to try them out on.
So now I have a new found confidence with short rows, which project am I going to knit next? Well, I’ve set a couple of skeins to one side for the gorgeous Zapote hooded jacket which will suit my niece a treat:
I’m a sucker for anything with a toggle button and this project uses German short rows, another new-to-me technique!
There’s also the Riyito sweater, modelled here by Carol herself:
I love the textured stitch pattern running through it with the asymmetric hem and clever shoulder shaping created through the use of short rows.
And no book on short rows would be complete without a pair of socks:
I’ve chosen the Arenal socks which use a yarn over short row technique – one which I need a bit of practice in!
So now I’ve finally cracked short rows there will be no stopping me! Would you like to have a go at one of the fab short row technique projects from the book? Well Carol and the lovely people at Potter Craft have offered one of my lucky readers the chance to win a copy of the book. All you have to do to enter is reply to this blog post telling me a short row technique you either love and trust, or one that you would like to learn. Please leave your comments by midnight on Thursday 19th November 2015 after which all entries will be put into Mr K’s new short row hat and a winner drawn at random. Good luck!
Short Row Knits by Carol Feller is published by Potter Craft and you can see all the projects over on the Ravelry page.
All modelled photographs copyright © 2015 by Joseph Feller and used here with permission. All other images (still life) remain © Rachel Atkinson 2015.
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Short Row Knits for review but have not received any other form of payment for this post.