German Short Rows

Thanks to Joanne for her comment on my last Short Row post talking about German Short Rows. I’ve been practicing them and did a couple rows on my swatch that I’ve used during the CA. They are easy and quicker than the Wrap & Turn method. I am happy to show them to anyone that’s interested. Stop in the shop and I can explain it – it’s also on YouTube so search there.

Speaking of swatches, I have carried a small end skein of fingering weight yarn and some extra size 6 needles around in my CA project bag – it’s been invaluable!! I’ve used it quite a few times during the CA to try stitches, see whether I should do the YOs, trying short rows, etc. I highly recommend having a swatch nearby when you’re working on new patterns with new techniques – SO handy to have it there when you want to practice something or try new stitches before you do them on the actual garment.

Another tip for my CA friends…….enjoy the weekend, everyone. Might be a good one to stay inside, enjoy some AC and work on your CA!!!

Relax, sit and knit….Lisa

2 Responses to “German Short Rows”

  1. Lauren Says:

    Strange question… I am looking to practice German Short Rows, but the only “pattern” I have is the sweater pattern that calls for this. I’d like to find a little square or something that I can really see what’s happening and what I am doing before I get to that point in the sweater.
    You mention doing it on a swatch… do you have a 10-15 row pattern you would recommend to give it a try?
    Thank you,

  2. CCY Says:

    In order to practice the German Short Rows for the Color Affection pattern,I used a garter stitch swatch because that was how the Color Affection was knit. For your sweater, you need a swatch of knitting in the same type of stitches as your pattern so you can see how the short rows will look on your sweater. In garter stitch, it’s not necessary to pick up the wraps – in stockinette and on your sweater, that may not be the case. I hope that helps.

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