Short Rows without wraps | Knit the Turn | kt2

I am a bit infatuated with Schoppelwolle’s Crazy Zauberballs and I’ve used them again for my pattern, Carol’s Frequency – available on Ravelry.

Some of my previous patterns like Vera and Night Flier have used typical short row techniques but I found them cumbersome and finicky.

I wanted to reduce the number of pauses and still be able to maintain color-shifting modular properties that I had such great results with in my patterns: Carrie and Christine which also feature Crazy Zauberballs. I played with my short rows and finally came up with a way to create short rows very simply without wrapping at each turn.

After creating my first Carol’s Frequency shawl I decided to write the pattern and, of course,  include a detailed description of how to implement the technique I had used. I assumed that the technique must already exist but could not find any illustrations, videos or instructions describing it that I could link within the pattern.

The “Knit the Turn” is very similar to Japanese short rows but without requiring a collection of pins marking each turning point. Because Carol’s Frequency requires a number of turning points for every wave, a multitude of pins would have made these short rows more laborious.

Below are the instructions for “Knit the Turn” and these can be used for any short row project involving garter stitch. I hope this technique relieves some of the headache that can come with short rows. It sure made my life easier while creating Carol’s Frequency.

Knit The Turn (kt2)

Approach: at each turning point you will simply turn your work without wrapping. It is imperative that your first stitch on the return row will be slipped knit wise with the yarn in back of the work. That way, when you return to the turning point, it will resemble the illustration below:

Step 1: with R needle, pick up yarn strand running from the last stitch worked to the next stitch at the front of the work. (see below)

Step 2: place the yarn strand on the left needle. (see below)

 

Step 3: insert right needle through the picked up yarn strand and the turning point stitch and knit together like a SSK. (left leaning)

NOTE: Illustration incorrectly shows picked up yarn behind turning point stitch. Obviously this strand will be in front.  (see below)

Completed Kt2: short row complete with no need to wrap and turn. Continue working across row with no noticeable gap. (See below)

Here is an example of the finished short rows. There are many short rows worked in each wave of this pattern using the Knit the Turn method illustrated above.

Still need some help? Check out this video tutorial:

 

 

 

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