Purling a Short Row

purl pick up 1

I love short row shaping and anyone who has ever knitted a Natty Knits pattern has probably noticed this. It’s a versatile and simple technique which allows a knitter to work in three dimensions on straight needles. Here on the blog, I often try to demystify short rows so that everyone can make neat and tidy 3D knitting.

A short row is made when you turn your knitting before the end of a row. This means that some sections of your work will have more rows than others. The sections with more rows will arch, creating a three-dimensional shape.

Each time you turn your knitting you create a loop of yarn under a stitch and a small hole in the fabric. So, when you knit back over a stitch that has a loop under it, you must knit into the loop at the same time as the stitch above it to close the hole.

But what happens when your wrap and turn loop is under a purl stitch, as shown in the photo above? Of course you can purl together the loop under the stitch and the stitch, but it’s a little tricky. If you find a straight purling together to be fiddly, try picking up the loop first. Pick up the back of the loop under the stitch on the right needle, from front to back, as shown below:

purl pick up 2

Then transfer this loop to the left needle and purl it together with the original stitch.

The next few Natty Knits patterns will feature picking up a wrap and turn loop in a purl row, in fact it’s the basis of the only tricky stitch in the forthcoming Whale pattern.


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