Sunday, February 10, 2008
Short Rows: Picking up Wrapped Stitches
Short row shaping is great for tops that hug your curves. But if they aren't done correctly they can leave ugly holes. The trick is to pick up and knit the wrapped stitches on the last row, when you go back and knit up all the stitches you left behind on the short rows.
After you've finished your short rows you will have a line of wrapped stitches that looks like this. See those little necklaces around the neck of each stitch? Those are the wraps that you are going to pick up and knit.
When you get to a wrapped stitch (this might be every stitch, every other stitch or some other pattern), slip the point of your right needle under the wrap as shown.
Lift the wrap up and place it onto the tip of the left needle. It should be sitting beside the stitch it previously wrapped around as shown.
Next, knit through the back loop of BOTH stitches, knitting them together. Though it seems backwards to knit through the back, it will untwist the stitch you just picked up.
After being knit, your stitches should look fairly normal, like this.
As you can see, the finished short shows aren't invisible, but they don't leave huge, gaping holes like the first photo in this post.