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short row shaping

dotty | Posted in Knitting and Crochet on

I’m trying short row shaping for the first time. It’s looking good.I think my sweater fittng problems may finally be solved. Because of the pattern I’m doing it in, I will have to block it. I realized that this may be tricky. I’ve done some googeling , but I’ve only found the same questions , no answers. Anybody out there had short row shaping experience?


  1. Katina | | #1

    Hi Dotty

    I'm assuming that you may have used short rows to create darts in your sweater? I always block my knitting with the water spraying method and am very satisfied with the results.

    Good luck!

    1. dotty | | #2

      Yes darts. Should I put balloons under that area when I block it?

      1. Katina | | #3

        Hi Dotty

        I've used short rows often to shape sweaters/jackets. Where more fullness is needed in the bust, for example, the short rows prevent the front from riding up and causing an uneven hem. To block, I just pin the pieces out, using several pins if the knitting has a tendency to roll (stocking stitch), and then spray with water. The side edges of the piece will lie flat, and you can just ignore the little puffiness that the dart will cause. Knitting's great beauty is its stretch - no need to press the darts to set them as we do with cloth. When you wear the garment, the knitted fabric will accomodate your curves perfectly. It may help you to visualize this if you look at a commercially made sock. Heel shaping on most bought socks is done by short rows - the heel and foot then fill out the shape of the sock.

        I hope this helps.



        1. dotty | | #4

          Thanks for answering.I understand the purpose and the technique of short row shaping. I guess I didn't ask my question clearly. I was afraid of inadvertantly flatening out the curve created by the darts when I block the textured pattern.

          1. Katina | | #5

            It's really not possible to damage the knitting if you spray it with cold water. I'm sure it will look very nice indeed.






















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