Technique Thursday: Shadow Wraps

Short-rows are one of the neatest tricks in a knitter’s toolbox. With a simple wrap-and-turn technique, short-rows create a curved fabric, useful for things like sock heels and sleeve caps. When working short-rows, a loop of yarn called a “wrap” is used to hide the turning point; without the extra wrap, a hole appears at every turning point. There are a multitude of ways to hide the turning point: traditional wraps, Japanese short-rows, German short-rows, etc. One of my favorite methods is shadow wraps. In Hope Vickman’s Vergence Pullover, featured in Knitscene Spring 2015, shadow wraps are used in the short-rows used to shape the sleeve caps. I put together a short video demonstrating this tidy technique. Enjoy!

Here are the illustrated directions for working shadow wraps:





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17 thoughts on “Technique Thursday: Shadow Wraps

  1. This is very interesting, although the video was not the best (not close enough to the needle tips and sort of blurry, and you mumble as well) and it looks to me like you speeded it up to get it into your allotted time.
    However, I DO have to say, Laura, that if I had to go through all the finger gyrations you do to hold my yarn in my left hand, I’d find another way to knit. Knitting is supposed to be easy, not finger exercises.

  2. Thank you for this neat trick. There are so many ways to do short rows. It is nice to know several so you can select the best technique for the particular project.

  3. Thank you goes a long way. It’s better to be positive than negative. Yes the video had some issues. But it could have been no video. Why are we so quick on criticizing and not on being grateful.

    Thanks for the video am a very new knitter only 5 months and I understood it well. I love knitting and I see so many people with there on way of knitting that I think it’s just great. We are all individuals with are own style and that’s what makes this world so interesting. Thanks for all the information always offer. Thanks a million.

  4. I agree with Mairimm13’s comments whole-heartedly. Let’s take this for what it is, a free video with great information. I have been knitting for the past 5 years, and had never heard of this technique. I found it informative and can’t wait to try it myself. Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge. That’s how we grow as knitters, AND PEOPLE!

  5. The diagram in Figure 5 does not appear to match the description in Twin Stitch (purl).

    Also, the diagram for Twin Stitch (purl) does not appear to match what was presented in the video.

  6. I will definitely give this technique a try! I have never been happy with the look of my standard wrap and turn short rows, but maybe this will please me more. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Just so readers don’t get confused, KristiR is correct that the illustration for step 5 is a misprint… it is a repeat print of step 2 instead of following what the written text instructs. So if you are trying to follow along, read the text and watch the video. Illustration 4 and 6 are correct, so don’t be confused by illustration 5.

  7. I agree, I am anxious to try this technique too. I believe there were a few mistakes in the video. I don’t think she always picked up the added stitch the correct way, which resulted in some of her stitches looking twisted at the finish. But the technique looks good, just remember to ‘seat’ your stitches correctly so you don’t twist them.

  8. Thank you for including the video, as the pictures show only a part of the technique. I was wondering where that extra stitch was going to go until I watched the video. It looked like a simple increase to me. Normally I don’t need a video, but not when the written material is incomplete.

  9. This didn’t make any sense to me until I read the comment below that the instructions only showed an increase, and not the rest of it. She said you have to watch the video for the rest, which makes me very disappointed.

    The video is like watching some knit from across the room. I can’t figure out what’s happening. I can’t hear, so the sound doesn’t help. If you think the Closed Captioning helps, turn off the sound and turn on the CC. It looks like someone cut words out of the dictionary, threw them up in the air, and then posted them in the order they were picked up.

    This looks interesting. But I already knew how to increase this way. Maybe it would have been helpful if I could see the rest, but this was a waste of my time and yours.

  10. I thought the video was great! Thank you for this. I’ve never been happy with my wraps when doing short rows. I tried this and wow! What an improvement for me. I found the video very clear in its instruction. I was worried that there were increases being added, but when you knit the “twin stitches” together the increases are actually eliminated. Love it!