Have you ever looked at a knitting pattern and seen the term 'short rows' or 'wrap and turn' and had no idea what this means, why they're used in the pattern and what to do? Mastering short rows opens up a whole new world of knitting. 

Short rows are one of the magic tricks of knitting and are actually very simple: extra rows are worked across only some of the stitches on the needles so you don't knit to the end of the row before turning. This creates triangles and wedges in your knitting, lengthening the fabric in the area where the short rows are worked and creating shaping. This helps to turn a flat piece into one with curves and form that fits your body. Generally when knitted work is turned part way through a row, a hole is created. Sometimes this is desirable and becomes part of the design of your project, but other times it's not, and you'll look at different turning techniques to produce varying finishes in your knitting.

Short rows are used extensively in garments: for example to shape the back of a neckline, for bust, waist and hem shaping, or for shoulder shaping. Short rows are also used to turn the heel of a sock and are frequently used in shawl patterns for shaping. 

You will learn:

Tash will lead you through the intricacies of short rows:

  • how to turn part way through a row on knit and purl sides
  • how to resolve your short rows (what to do when you work back across the full row of stitches)
  • when to use each type of short row/turning technique.

You'll learn and practice in class how to make and resolve the following different types:

  • Wrap and turn
  • German short rows
  • Japanese short rows

What to bring:

  • Light-coloured, smooth DK/8ply or worsted/10ply yarn 
  • Needles to match your yarn (4mm for DK/8ply and 5mm for worsted/10ply), straight or circular

Before coming to the class:

Using your yarn and needles, cast on 28 sts. Knit 4 rows garter and then 4 rows stockinette and leave the work on your needles to bring to class.

You're also entitled to a 10% discount on yarn, accessory and book purchases in store on the day.

(follow the link to view pattern information on Ravelry).

Your teacher: Tash Childers
Tash has been knitting ever since her grandmother taught her at 8 years of age. She was always a fearless knitter, tackling an all-over intarsia vest for her mum as her first garment when she was 12. While taking time off from Mathematics teaching to raise her children, she taught many of her friends to knit and co-ordinated a mothers’ group for knitters. She is passionate about sharing the joy of knitting with others and helping knitters to improve their skills, so they have the confidence to tackle any project.

Terms and conditions

  • Full payment is required prior to the start of the class to confirm your spot. 
  • Minimum numbers - All classes require a minimum of three people in order to go ahead and, depending on the class, a maximum of 10. If your class or workshop does not have the minimum number of students, the class will be postponed and you will be notified within three days of the class date if it has been cancelled or changed.
  • We cannot be held liable for travel or any other costs in the event of a cancellation. 
  • If your class is postponed or cancelled you can use the amount paid to transfer to another event/activity, use it as a store credit, or be issued a full refund. 
  • Cancelling a class – you are able to cancel, postpone or swap a class up to 7 days prior to the class date to receive a full refund. Less than 7 days prior, we cannot guarantee a full refund unless another booking fills your spot. Once a course has started, we are unable to provide a refund for change of mind or cancellations. 

Please see our general Classes & Workshops page for our FAQ.

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