short rows???

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MaryN wrote
on May 25, 2008 1:35 AM

 Please help. I have asked the following question a few times. I have searched the net and cannot

get the answer. SHORT ROWS!!! .When it comes to shaping shoulders and to avoid the stepped look

is this how it's done. I have to bind off 45 stitches do I knit the first 14 w&t  the next stitch.

 Purl and knit theses 15 again,then work on the next 15. Now the next part is where the info isn't very clear.

Do I knit all 30 stitches again? When I get to the last 15 do I work all 45 stitches again before completing the bind off? 

Thank You!






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SueSchaefer wrote
on May 25, 2008 10:16 AM

You don't need to wrap and turn if you're just using it to make a smoother shoulder line, slip the first stitch after you do turn.

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Lana wrote
on May 25, 2008 6:54 PM

Hi MaryN,

Here are some links for short-row shaping on shoulders. There are some great knitting books out there as well that will explain it. But basically if you have 45 stitches per shoulder and you need to bind off 15 stitches at the beginning of every right-side row then instead when you start the bind-off row you would knit from the neck edge 30 stitches, leave 15 stitches on the right needle and turn your work. Knit 30 stitches back the the neck edge. On this next row you will knit 15 stitches and leave the middle set of 15 stitches on the right needle with the other un-knitted 15 stitches. Turn your work and then knit back to the neck egde again. Now you will have all 45 stitches on one needle and all you have to do is bind off all 45 stitches. You can w&t or slip stitches to hide the holes but it may not be necessary depending on your gauge and yarn.

If you needed more length at the neck edge then you could break down the 45 stitches into five or six stages instead of three: 15 three times, 9 five times, etc.

I hope this helps. Once you get the hang of it, it is easy.

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MaryN wrote
on Jun 1, 2008 5:52 AM

 thank you all!! I'm delighted with the info.

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