Short Rows

I’m fairly comfortable doing them (I’ve done some short row heels and toes for socks, and short rows incorporated into the hem of a sweater), but had a few questions about them when they’re used for bust darts (hopefully I could get advice from someone who has used them successfully)
First, do they work okay for cardigans, or for anything where the front pieces are worked separately? I’m not working from any particular pattern (but the Laura pullover from White Lies Designs is giving me the idea for this), but I want to do a zip-up, fitted hoodie, and I know for sweaters you do the wraps near the underarms; but since I’d be doing the two front pieces separately because of the front closure, would I do a wrap & turn near the underarm, then just work to the end of the row(which would be at the center), turn and do another wrap & turn before the first w&t, etc? Or would i work some wrap & turns at the center as well?
I was wondering if the extra rows would make the bottom of the hoodie sag in the middle at the lower hem if I didn’t do the w&t’s at the center. (I’m considering trying both ways in miniature first, hehe)
(hopefully that was all worded clearly!)
Secondly, should I avoid them completely if a sweater has a textured stitch pattern?
I’d really appreciate any advice anyone can give me :muah:

I’m no expert, of course, but here’s my thoughts on it:

  • I think if you’re doing short rows, there usually has to be something to fit in them (a shoulder, the bust line, a tummy, a hip, etc.), so it wouldn’t sag unless you’ve put them where there’s nothing to fill them.

  • You’d need to keep track of what you did on one side to make sure you can replicate it exactly on the other side.

  • I’d think it would depend on the stitch as to whether it would show.

  • Swatching it would be a good idea.

Thanks for your opinions! :slight_smile:

Here is some info on bust darts:

Wow, thanks for the awesome links! Now I don’t have to figure all that stuff out for myself, like I was preparing to do.