Short Row Knitting without a Pattern


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Short rows are feared by many who, when told to turn in the middle of the row, immediately fear they have made a mistake. Short rows are not a mistake, they add height to a collar, create that rounded bottom to a sweater back and can be the step leading to creativity. Short rows can also create curves and dips that add interest to or are the basis of the shape of a hat, a scarf, or a shawl.

I often wear a lace weight shawl draped over my shoulder and wrapped about my neck. I am frequently asked for the pattern, and when I say, “no pattern, I just knit it.” Invariably someone looks stunned and says, “I can’t do that, I have to have a pattern.” Knitting without a pattern should not generate fear. This class will conquer both fears by teaching the short row technique of “wrap and turn.” We will then move forward and practice the technique using two different color yarns for maximum visibility. In the final portion of the class we will discuss how one can set the parameters of a knitted object so that “I just knit it up” is no longer daunting. One sets the rules which provide the guide to the knitting. Call it a pattern and suddenly one can knit a beautiful, unique item in complete calm, while using short rows.

Instructor:Kimberly Langley
Location:Classroom E
Date & Time:Friday, Sept. 20, 1-4 pm
Minimum number of students:3
Maximum number of students:12
Minimum age to register for class:16
Skill level needed for class:Participants must be able to cast on, knit, and purl with ease.
Materials provided by the instructor:I do keep extra yarn for students who may not have brought the appropriate weight with them and extra knitting needles. Handout with scripted exercise.
Supplies to bring and homework:
  • DK weight yarn (can be left over, do not need an entire skein)
  • Fingering yarn in contrast color (if one is a multi-color, the second yarn should be a solid)
  • Knitting needles appropriate for DK yarn (US5 or US6, depends how you knit)
  • Knitting needles two sizes larger
  • Knitters collection of the usual notions (scissors, stitch markers, etc.)
  • Paper and pencil if you like to take notes
  • Homework
Homework: (items used for homework are not listed in supplies) Using a small amount of DK weight yarn, cast on 40 stitches and knit 5 rows in stockinette. Leave knitting on needles and bring to class.


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