Another way of working short rows in a pattern that calls for them is the Yarn Over Short Row (or YO short row). It can be substituted anywhere the w&t method is used, just “turn, yo” instead of “wrap and turn”. Read below for step-by-step pictures of how to do it.
- Your knitting
- Two hands
Step 1: (RS) Work the required number of stitches to the turning point,
Step 2: Turn the work and make a yarn over.
Step 3: Work to the next turning point.
Step 4: Turn work, yarn over before proceeding to knit.
You should be able to see a yarn over and a gap at each short row turning point.
Closing the Gap
When you’re done creating the short rows above, close the gap by using a k2tog or p2togtbl when you get to each gap.
RS: Work to the YO. Knit the yarn over with the turning point stitch to its left as a k2tog.
WS: Work to the YO. Sl the yarn over and the turning point stitch separately as if to knit, slide those two sts back onto the LH needle and purl together through the back loops. (This keeps the yarn over on the back side of your work.)
OTHER SHORT ROWS TUTORIALS
Mary has been knitting for over 40 years.During this time she has discovered that she hasn’t met a knitting technique she didn’t like. As a fearless knitter, she will occasionally call her children over to “see something scary” such as pulling the needles out of a 400 stitch lace shawl, ripping back ten rows and picking the stitches back up, without a lifeline. (But, she does suggest using them, so don’t try that at home.) She believes that things are always easier the second time, so she gets the first time out of the way as quickly as possible, and that with a little practice, you can master any technique.