Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Knitting Tutorial: German Short-Rows (Purl-wise)

Hi, guys! I'm back this week with the second installment of the German Short Rows Tutorials. This time I'll be showing you how to knit these purlwise and get your fabric to lean to the right (when the right side is facing). If you missed part 1 of these tutorials, you can check it out here: Tutorial: German Short Rows (Knit-Wise)

I also wanted to point out that this short-row technique works perfectly as a replacement for the Wrap & Turns used in my Soiree Slouch and The Highlighter Affair Hat Patterns. I'd love for you to give this technique a try so I'm offering a special Buy 1, Get 1 Free offer on these 2 patterns through 11:59 PM (CST) on 8/2/16. Just add both hats to your cart and when you check out the Soiree Slouch will show as a free item, no coupon code required!

Now, time for the how-to...

Step 1: Purl to the last stitch of your short-row. (The stitch that would have been wrapped.)

Step 2: Turn work, bring yarn to the front.

Step 3: Slip 1 stitch from the left needle to the right needle purl-wise.

Step 4: On your right needle, wrap the yarn over top of the stitch that was just slipped.

Step 5: Pull the yarn to the back tightly so that the slipped stitch synches up and the stitch below wraps around the right needle. (It will now look like 2 stitches.)

Keep yarn to the back & knit as normal.
Bring yarn to the front of your work and begin purling as normal.
(Use whichever stitch your pattern calls for.)

Here is what the back-side of your work will look like with the short-rows happening every-other stitch starting with the first stitch on the left needle. Notice how you can see the stitch from below wrapping over the needle and looking like it is 2 stitches that sit too closely and awkwardly together.

Here is a view from the front of the same stitches that have been used for short-rows. On this side it almost looks like a brioche stitch with the right leg almost passing over the top of the left.

To finish your German Short-Rows and work across them, simply purl the 2 legs of the turning stitch together when you come to them. Work all the other stitches as your pattern indicates.

I hope that you found this tutorial helpful and please share it with anybody that you think will benefit from this technique. Give it a try yourself and let me know how you like it. Be sure to pick up your copies of the Soiree Slouch and The Highlighter Affair while they're on sale, too. I'd love to see your projects and hear your thoughts leave a comment or join my Ravelry Group to join in on the discussions happening over there and to post pictures of your finished projects or works-in-progress.

Have a great week of crafting, I'll see you soon!

Shaina  ^_^

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