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Wrapless Short Rows

I engineered this wrapless short row technique in 2008 when I couldn't find any other methods that I liked. Since then, wrapless short rows have become the go-to method for a number of top designers, many of whom refer to them as Sunday short rows. This acknowledgement, by colleagues whose work I respect, means a lot to me.

The technique is easy to work, and results are especially good looking.

Wrapless short rows are similar to yarnover short rows, but tidier because we eliminate the yarnover by marking the yarn at the point where the yarnover would be. They are also similar to Japanese short rows in that the yarn is marked at the point of turning (I like to use scrap yarn as a marker, but anything will do).

What makes this different from most short row methods is that the first stitch after turning is not slipped. Slipping a stitch may sound good in theory (it's more step-wise), but it creates a little pucker behind the slipped stitch. Avoiding slipped stitches is key to getting a seamless result.

This video tutorial demonstrates the technique (also see Notes below):

Video may also be viewed here on Youtube.


Use of waste yarn

- When working a number of short rows in series, a long strand of waste yarn can be used through all turn points. This might be simpler than using a number of small individual strands. If you do use one long strand through them all, be sure to allow at least 2-3 inches of slack between each turn, in order to make it easier to pick up those loops later.

- The use of waste yarn is merely as a place holder. It marks the working yarn at the exact point of turning. With enough experience, you might be able to identify that point in the yarn strand and pick it up (using a pointy needle) eliminating the waste yarn altogether.

Wrapless in the round

- Wrapless short rows are especially nice for working yokes and other shaping in the round, and the same techniques can be applied. Both turns - the first one from RS to WS and the second one from WS to RS - are marked exactly as they are when working flat.

When back on the RS, the first turn point is also resolved the same as for a RS row worked flat. That is, work to turn point, pick up marked loop (on the right side of the gap), place loop onto left needle tip and knit it together with the next stitch (on the left side of the gap).

To resolve the second turn (the one that was made in turning from WS to RS), work around to 1 stitch before the turn gap, pick up loop (behind that next stitch), place loop onto left needle tip and knit next stitch together with picked-up loop.

When not to use

- I use these wrapless short rows with nearly everything except stripes or self-striping yarns, where German short rows are nice because they create a more stepwise transition.

- And when the short rows are spaced as closely as every stitch, as with some sock heels, shadow wrap short rows tend to look better, and are also very easy to work. (Search for Socktopus, shadow-wrap.)

et en Française aussi

Here is a photo tutorial of the technique in both English and French courtesy of Annette Petavy Designs.

et en Español

Here is a video tutorial of the technique in Spanish courtesy of Belen Fernandez.