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Knitting short rows

jeanfm | Posted in Knitting and Crochet on

I’m just finishing a sweater that has a separate front band and collar. The collar calls for knitting short rows alternately. I assume this is to shape the collar back, but what I don’t understand is whether these rows are started from the outer edge or from the neckline seam edge. The pattern doesn’t say.

Any help is appreciated.


  1. starzoe | | #1

    Most likely the short rows begin at the outside collar edge, but the style of the collar might change that. Work the pattern to where it says to start short rows, if it is a bona fide written pattern it will be correct. (I say that because there are many untested knitting patterns on the internet).

    Use Google, type in knitting wrap and turn short rows. You need the wrap and turn because if you just turn the work you will end up with a hole in the work.

    1. jeanfm | | #3

      I was wondering about those holes. Thanks for the tip, like everything else I do I sampled it and golly me it works. I can do cables but never encountered this. ThanksPS I may be back for more help!

      1. GailAnn | | #4

        That is one of the most amazing things about knitting!  I read the directions and think, "This is never going to work."  Then I give it a try and am surprized every single time!  The inventers of knitting were the most intellegent among the ancient peoples.  Gail

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    susannah_sews | | #2

    I think the short rows would be knitted starting from the collar edge, which would then end up being longer than the neckline edge.  Short rows are usually achieved by knitting part way along a row, then turning and knitting back to the collar edge.  This ends up with there appearing to be many more rows on the collar edge than the neck edge, which gives the collar piece the required curved shaping.

    Does this make sense? 




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