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Short-Row Shaping

Short-Row Shaping is used to form triangles of knitting as worked in the beveled end of a scarf. Shaping with short rows eliminates the uneven edge that occurs when you bind off in a series of stitches. It is a two-step process where you work a partial row of stitches, followed by a "wrap and turn," then work back in the opposite direction. The second step is hiding the wrapped stitches, which may occur all in one row or with every short-row set, depending on the direction of the angle; this closes the gap formed when the work is turned.

Wrap and Turn (w&t)

Work to the last stitch of the short row, then follow the directions for working on the knit side (if your last stitch is a knit stitch) or for the purl side (is your last stitch is a purl stitch)


w&t, knit side

Step-by step

  1. Working with yarn in back, slip the next stitch purlwise from the left needle to the right needle.
  2. Bring the yarn to the front between the two needles.
  3. Slip the first stitch on the right needle back to the left needle and bring yarn to the back between the two needles.
  4. Work the next row (a wrong-side row) to the end.

w&t, purl side

Step-by-step

  1. Working with yarn in front, slip the next stitch purlwise from the left needle to the right needle.
  2. Bring the yarn to the back between the two needles.
  3. Slip the first stitch on the right needle back to the left needle and bring yarn to the back between the two needles; you’ve now “wrapped” that stitch.
  4. Turn work and work the next row (a right-side row) to the end

hiding wraps, knit stitch

Step-by-step

  1. Pick up wrap from front to back with the right needle.
  2. Insert the right needle into the wrapped stitch (first stitch on the left needle) and knit the wrap and the wrapped stitch together.

hiding wraps, purl stitch

Step-by-step

  1. Pick up the wrap from back to front with the right needle.
  2. Place the wrap on the left needle and purl the wrap and the wrapped stitch together.