Short rows? What's your favorite?


i am making longies for our DD. I’ve made a baby hat, a pair of longies and a pair of shorties. On to the next pair of longies.

I have tried a few types. I think German short rows are the easiest, but not sure if I am getting them closed enough. What is your favorite short row? Videos are very helpful.


Oh, I go with German short rows too. I’ve never tried Japanese short rows however. You might take a look at them.


German short rows here. In fact, I’ve just finished working short rows German style on a collar. I had done wrap and turn short rows, couldn’t get them to look good, got a link here at KH for German short rows and haven’t done any other type since. I watched the Japanese short rows video and decided that for me, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

[I]I think German short rows are the easiest, but not sure if I am getting them closed enough.[/I]

When I turn, I pull the working yarn pretty hard (one reference I came across said to yank it) so that the stitch is really pulled around the needle and then hold that stitch with my finger as I work the next several stitches tight so as to avoid extra yarn or a loose stitch. When I come back to pick it up I make sure I am getting the right needle through both strands of yarn on the turned stitch, dropping the extra leaves a gap or hole. Usually I try to be pretty loose and easy with my knitting, these turn stitches are an exception. HTH


This is an old thread but I am resurrecting it as I have noticed an interesting thing. While playing with Japanese short rows I noticed another way of creating German short rows.

Normally when doing a German short row you do a very tight yarn over. It is so tight that it forms the typical double stitch. Instead of doing this yarn over, one can just turn and slip the stitch. Then when one wants to close the gap one is picking up the “bar” (the yarn thread coming out from the parent stitch as it does not really look like a bar) leading to the previous stitch and put it on the needle and you got the typical GSR double stitch. It will form because the bar is too tight so it will pull up the parent stitch.

This might not be practical for everyone, but if you knit any combined style (purl stitches are mounted with the right leg behind the needle) the “bar” yarn will always be on the back side of the work and easy to spot.

While this method might look more difficult to accomplish, it got a few advantages: It is easier to get even tension in the double stitches. Also you do not need to keep the tension for several stitches until the yarn is anchored.