GERMAN SHORT ROWS – Easy To Master

German Short Rows In Knitting

German short rows technique creates a double stitch for closing a hole in your knitting. Working off the double stitch you treat is as a single stitch. On the right side you need to knit it and on the wrong side purl it.

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German short rows on the purl side

German short rows knitting on the right side

Work the double stitch on the right side

Work the double stitch on the purl side

 

German Short Rows In The Round

 

Working in the round doesn’t differ from flat knitting. But there is a catch! When you work in the round after finishing short rows, you will discover the last unworked double stitch on the way. It will look different. There is a trick on how to knit. You will need to treat each leg as a separate stitch.

First leg knit as usual. Second leg knit together with the following stitch. 

Double stitch in the round

 

German short rows in the round

 

German Short Rows In Ribbing

 

Working German short rows in ribbings 1×1 or 2×2 is the same.

  1. When you need to make a turn on a knit stitch, turn and you will face purl stitch, right? Because it is an opposite side of a knit stitch. Make a German short rows as if you are on the purl side.
  2. When you need to make a turn on a purl stitch, turn and you will face knit stitch, right? Because it is an opposite side of a purl stitch. Make a German short rows as if you are on the knit side.

Working off short rows. Keep in the pattern. If the stitch you come to is a knit, knit it; if it is a purl, purl it.

Conclusion

 

Many people prefer German short rows because they are nearly invisible after picked up and easy to learn. Works equally well in English or Continental style knitting. Of course, it is down to preference.

If wrap and turn (W&T) short rows stresses you out, this method is a good alternative.

There are a few exceptions where German short rows can’t substitute W&T and will not work well:

stacked up short rows (turn on the same stitch more than once), but it happens rarely, so you shouldn’t worry about it too much.

It is beneficial to learn more than one short row methods, because in different patterns some will work better than others.

Other Short Row Methods:

Shadow Wrap

Wrap and Turn (&T)

Japanese Short Rows

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