Jennifer Dassau’s new book, Knitting Short Rows, is chock full of technique and design. Jennifer delves into not just one or two ways to knit short rows, but five: the wrap and turn, yarnover, German, Japanese and Twin-Stitch methods. Accompanying all of these methods are 17 fantastic designs to help guide you through the world of short rows.
What are short rows, you ask? “Short-rows are exactly that: partial rows in the knitting that create curves, soft angles, and depth.” Short rows are used for anything from shoulder slopes right down to heel turns. “In garments, short-rows can be used instead of binding off stitches for shoulder or hem shaping or to add volume and length to part of the sweater.” They are particularly useful to create interest in your knitted fabric.
In her book, Jennifer explains in detail each of her methods, what they are best used for, and if any special considerations should be taken. Here is one design from each method that she utilizes in order to convey full understanding of her method.
The Wrap and Turn Method: Slices Shawl