Decreases, Increases, Working the Stitches

How to Work Short Row Shaping Part 3 of 4: The German Method

This is part three of a four part blog series on short rows. In this post, we will cover the German short row method. Click here to read the blog from the beginning.

German Method with the Purl Side Facing

  1. On the knit side of the work, work across the row to the turning point. Turn work – the purl side is now facing you.
  2. Make sure the yarn is forward (in the front of your work).
  3. Slip 1 stitch purlwise.
  4. Then, pull straight up on the turning yarn. The yarn will come over the back of the needle. This creates the double stitch.
  5. Keeping the tension, purl the next stitch and work to the next turning point.

 

German Method with the Knit Side Facing

  1. On the purl side of the work, work across the row to the turning point. Turn work – the knit side is now facing you.
  2. Move the yarn forward (to the front of your work).
  3. Slip 1 stitch purlwise.
  4. Then, pull straight up on the turning yarn. The yarn will come over the back of the needle. This creates the double stitch.
  5. Keeping the tension, knit the next stitch and work to the next turning point.

Closing the Gaps Knit & Purl Side

Once you have created the double stitch, it will be treated as 1 stitch in the subsequent rows. When you have finished all short rows and are ready to work across the row, you will work the double stitches by using k2tog on the knit side and p2tog on the purl side.

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