SHORT ROWS Newsletter 117

Tue, 1 Jun 2021


2021 Shows

In Style Turramurra Sat 12 & Sun 13 June 10am to 3pm
Masonic Hall corner Pacific Hwy/ Turramurra Ave

Sydney Quilt & Craft Fair Wed 30 June - Sun 4 July
HOMEBUSH - new venue     9am to 4pm
Prebook tickets on line or pay at the door

Handmade Market Canberra Fri 25 - Sun 27 June
EPIC Northbourne Ave (showground)
Fri Noon - 7pm Sat/Sun 9am - 4pm

Bendigo Sheep & Wool Show - Cancelled
Bendigo Showground

Australasia Quilt Convention Now Feb 2022
Royal Exhibition Centre Carlton Gardens

Canberra Quilt & Craft Fair Thurs 23 - Sun 26 Sept ?????
EPIC Northbourne Ave (showground)

Blue Mountains October

Tasmania November

Sydney Studio - Open between shows - 0427 064 834

Swing, Swagger, Drape is now on a USB stick

Out of print as a book, but
now on a USB stick!
Simply slide into your computer, see every page of the book, print out just the pattern you need!
Perfectly packaged $25
Short row shaping - a classic favourite
Hemline slants created with short row shaping.
Below: Split Texture Jacket has quite a steep centre front edge, short rows are each 3sts, whilst the centre of the Chaffey Jacket takes in 6sts per short row, creating a far less acute wedge. YouTube has many videos, and there are very different ways to work short rows for many different reasons. There are two parts to short rows and the images below step you through the process, as worked for the Wave Wrap.
The Wave Wrap, which is a popular knitting kit, when knitted in yarns with long colour changes (not hank dyed) really shows off the short rows and the beautiful yarn.

Left: Wave Cowl, is knitted in 2 halves and has a centre back seam; this yarn highlights the short row technique.
A short row is an incomplete row, turning the knitting without working the full row, so the stitches remain but are out of action.
To prevent holes when the knitting is turned a wrap is worked, this sits at the base of a slipped stitch, when the stitch is taken back into action the wrap is worked with the stitch = no hole.
Above left to right: So with 17sts cast on work only 15sts for your first short row.
The piece is garter st so knit all rows so the yarn is at the back of the work.
Above centre: Bring the yarn between the needles to the front of the knitting.
Above right: Slip next stitch left to right needle without working the stitch.
Below left: Take yarn back between needles (single unworked stitch on left needle).
Below centre: Turn knitting - so the single unworked stitch is now on right needle.
Below right: Slip the next stitch left to right needle (same stitch previously slipped).
Take yarn between needles and knit to last stitch.

Zig Zag edge of scarf is created by increasing stitches the end of the wrongside row - a full row. When we cast the increased stitch off we create the points of the zig zag. 
Work wrongside row (full row) until 1 stitch remains unworked. 
Above left: Pick up the yarn from between the stitches of the previous row. Can you see how large this loop can be pulled leaving a hole?
Above centre: Knit through the back of the loop for a firm stitch, no hole.
Above right: Increase stitch completed, knit last stitch of row.
Short Row Summary

Row 1: K15 leaves 2sts unworked - we slipped and wrapped the 16th stitch.
Row 2: Knit to the last stitch, M1 = make 1sts, K1 = 18sts.

Repeat Row 1: K15sts - as we have 18sts this will leave 3sts unworked - wrap and slip the next stitch - so 2sts unworked.
Row 4: As row 2 knit to last stitch M1, K1 = 19sts.
Repeat twice more = 21sts - this means you have worked 4 short rows and 4 increases.
Beginning of next short row cast off 4sts (Below left). K11 (instead of 15sts). (below centre). At this point it's really good to look at the stitches over the row. Can you tell which stitches have been wrapped? You'll learn so much simply by looking at the knitting, make fewer mistakes and when you do make a mistake you will  find fixing it so much easier!
Repeat short rows and increases. After next 4sts cast off K7 to next wrap stitch.
Complete 3rd cast off 4sts (right centre). Continue row after cast off, K4, the next 11sts have wrap at base of each slipped stitch.
The slipped stitch and the wrap below need to be knitted as one stitch. 
Left below: With point of right needle pick up the wrap at base of stitch, then knit the stitch, shown centre. Lift the wrap (brighter stitch on right needle) over knit stitch.
Below right: This has been knitted without knitting the wrap and the stitch so there are holes/elongated stitches.
Above right: You can see how, when the wrap and the stitch are knitted together, there are no holes along each section of the wedge.
Please let me know how you go. 
It's all about colour! 
Buy a kit to knit yourself or as a gift for your sister, mum or BF!
Hope to see you soon!
 If you'd like to discuss anything in this newsletter - or anything at all, please email Jane. Thanks for your support - Laura, Petra, Philippa, Cathryn, Helen, Margaret and I look forward to seeing you in the knitting circle!

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