The final post in my series of tutorials for working Short Rows demonstrates the Shadow Wrap method, promulgated by Socktopus. As in the German and Japanese methods, an extra loop is made from the row below to disguise the turning point; the extra loop in this case is a stitch worked into the stitch below just before turning, creating a twinned stitch at the turning point. Later both loops of the twinned stitch are worked together to close the gap.
The Shadow Wrap method on a knit row:
1. Knit to the turning point, then knit into the stitch below the next stitch on the left needle, creating a twinned stitch.
2. Slip this twinned stitch to the left needle without twisting it.
3. Turn the work, and purl the next row.
The Shadow Wrap method on a purl row:
1. Purl to the turning point, then slip the next stitch purlwise to the right needle.
2. Insert the left needle tip into the stitch below the slipped stitch on the right needle, lifting the front leg; purl into this stitch with the right needle, creating a twinned stitch.
3. Slip this twinned stitch to the left needle without twisting it.
4. Turn the work and knit the next row.
To work the twin stitch on a knit row:
1. Knit to the twinned stitch, which is easy to see, and knit both loops together as one.
To work the twinned stitch on a purl row:
1. Purl to the twinned stitch, which again is easy to see, and purl both loops together as one.
I like that the twinning is done prior to turning the work, and that the twinned stitch is very obvious to see later on when it’s time to close the gap. The actions are pretty basic, although making the twin on the purl side takes a bit of manipulation. For me, the result was a bit messier than the Japanese and German methods, but the procedure overall was simpler; as ever, the choice of methods will depend on the yarn and gauge, and where the short rows are being used. Next up will be a recap post evaluating the results of all five methods I’ve presented.
For the other tutorials in the Short Rows series, see: