Most of the time, when one thinks of short row closures, it means making the turn to complete the diagonal seam in a sock heel, or toe. However, there are times when short rows are used to add shape or a rounded extension to a garment, or hat, like in the pattern for the Mock Tyrolean offered on my “Pattern Catalogue” page. The instructions for these types of short rows often involves a wrap, made around the adjacent stitch during the turn. I have tried this method, but was never pleased with the result, so I thought I might share the process that I use to accomplish the task.
To do this we will start with a swatch-my favorite practice tool. Use whatever needle and waste yarn you have available.
First, cast on 30 sts ( I used the purlwise longtail cast on).
Row 1. Knit across.
Row 2. Purl across.
Row 3. Knit across.
Row 4. Purl across until there are 3 sts left on LN. Turn.
Row 5. YO, knit across until there are 3 sts left on LN. Turn.
Row 6. With yarn in back, purl.
Keep the single YO, and first purl snug.
Now, continue to purl across until you 3 sts before the first YO on the LN ( 7 loops). (See picture below). Turn.
Row 7. YO, Knit across, until there are 7 loops on LN, including the YO. Turn.
Work back and forth in this manner as many times as you like, ending on the purl side. Turn.
I worked until there were 9 sts left in the middle.
Now I am going to show you how I close those gaps.
Knit across to the first YO. Slip the YO knitwise, place it back on the LN (left needle) and knit it together with the knit stitch on the left side of the gap. Continue across knitting the next 2 stitches. As before, slip the YO knitwise, return it to the LN, and knit it together with the stitch on the left side of the gap. Work to the end of the row closing all the knitside gaps. Turn.
Purl side row. Purl across to first YO. Slip the YO onto the RN through the back loop (twist it), purl the YO. Slip the purl to the left, knitwise, place it back on the LN. Now slip the new purl stitch made in the YO back to the LN. Pass the stitch to the left over the stitch on the right. Return the new stitch to the RN.
*This move sets the knit stitch on the right side over the YO.
Work purl side, closing the gaps as instructed above. Turn. Now knit across. Place your stitches onto a piece of waste yarn and view your results. I think you will like it. One of the key things to remember is to keep the YO and first stitch very snug.
Here is the result-
By the way, my “Foot Glove Pattern is now available at my Etsy Store. Just click on the “Pattern Catalogue” page for the details.