Wednesday, April 20, 2011

In Stitches: Part 2

I took a class with Susanna Hansson on Japanese short rows and Japanese bind off, and I learned to much! Her instructions were very clear, and just look at the result:

I haven't blocked this or anything, but these are the best-looking short rows I think I've ever done. I did not get the holes I get from the YO technique,

and on the back, I didn't get the large "bars" that I get from the standard wrap-and-turn technique.

After class, I looked up some additional resources, and it was only then that I realized I had actually read about this method before on NonaKnits. When it was originally posted in April of 2005, though, I had only been knitting for a few months, and I did not yet have the mental framework for understanding the value of this technique. It might as well have been written in Japanese! There was a slight difference between the way Susanna taught us to mark the gap and what Nona demonstrates, but the gist is the same.

I did come up with a slight innovation during class. I realized that when you are closing the gap on a purl side, you are basically doing a left-leaning purl decrease (termed because it leans left when seen from the knit side). Rather than manipulating the stitches according to the tutorial, I twisted the stitch to the left of the gap, picked up the required strand of yarn so that it sat backwards on the needle, and did a p2tog tbl. After class, I looked it up and saw that Techknitter had already written about that same method. Okay, so my way is not new; still, I was pleased at having independently rediscovered something that TechKnitter does!

At the end of class, we did a Japanese 3 needle bind off to join our swatches.

As an aside, Susanna showed us these Lapland mittens from a different class she was teaching. Look at that yarn management technique! Wow! I'd like to take that class at some point!


  1. ok, the lapland mittens scare! but they look very cool! i'm going to have to look up the alternative methods for short rows, mine always look messy.

  2. Thanks for the pointer to the NonaKnits posting. I checked it out, and understand it, and I'm to try it out the next time I need to do shoulders

  3. You guys should definitely try it! It's not much more fiddly than standard wrap-and-turn short rows, but I think the results are much better.

  4. I love those mittens! There is a similar sock pattern that I am going to try when I get up the nerve.

    And thanks for saying I was brave for cutting my knitting :)