Like a lot of knitting techniques, short rows seem to have landed in the project deal breaker category for some people, which makes me sad because they’re useful for shaping so many things from socks to sweaters. And like so many other knitting techniques, aren’t really all that difficult once you understand them. I use short rows in several of my knitting patterns like Oak Leaves, Autumn Leaves, and Birchbark Longies.
What are short rows?
Short rows are a way of adding height or shape to a garment without increasing or decreasing the number of stitches. They can be used in shaping the heel of a sock, adding a bust line to a sweater for those of us slightly more buxom, adding a few inches to the back of a sweater, or in my case, adding some extra room for those cloth diaper bums!