Beyond Wrap & Turn (W&T): Short Row Variations

Go beyond the wrap and turn and explore the incredible world of short rows! Join Ruth Nguyen through four alternatives to the wrap and turn: yarn over short rows, twin stitch short rows, Japanese short rows and German short rows. Learn tips and tricks to substituting short row styles in your projects.

Ruth Nguyen · March 23, 2022

Learn from Ruth Nguyen, knitwear designer and short row geek.

Have you ever wanted to go beyond the wrap and turn? Explore the incredible world of knitting short rows. Learn how to knit short rows, five variations including w&t. Learn when to choose

Most of us have our first short row experience with the wrap and turn (W&T), but this may not necessarily be the best choice for every project. W&T short rows can distort stockinette stitch or interrupt stripes (among other things), and some knitters just don’t enjoy working it.

In Beyond Wrap & Turn (W&T): Short Row Variations course, we’ll be going over four alternatives to wrap and turn short rows:

  • Yarn over short rows
  • Twin stitch short rows
  • Japanese short rows 
  • German short rows

Yarn over short rows

If you’re making something that needs to be very flexible or will be blocked very aggressively, the looseness of yarn over short rows will give your fabric the extra bit of stretch it needs. So if you’re working short rows in a super lacy shawl for example, yarn over short rows may be the perfect choice. 

Twin stitch short rows

They melt nicely to stockinette stitch. I personally like to use them where I’m working short rows and stockinette stitch. So when I’m raising the back neck on a sweater or shaping a curved hem, or doing a shawl with lots of stockinette.

Japanese short rows

They are ideal for shaping stockinette stitch because they create very little distortion in the fabric and make your short rows as invisible as possible. It’s also easier to keep track of your row ends in Japanese short rows than in other short row methods because we use stitch markers to keep track of the row ends.

German short rows

German short rows are perfect for stockinette because they’re super easy to work, they don’t distort your fabric, and don’t leave the holes the way that wrap and turn short rows can sometimes.

Also included are tips and tricks on substituting short row styles in your projects, and when the W&T can be an ideal choice. This course does assume that you’ve already learned to knit wrap and turn short rows; if you need a w&t refresher, review the SOS video: W&T Short Rows tutorial.

Share your new short row knits with us! And questions and chat is taking place over at the SOS forums, plus tag your Instagram posts with #sosknitting and #schoolofsweetgeorgia!

It's the final day to take advantage of our extended Black Friday weekend special gift! ⁠

For all SOS members, enjoy a $25 credit to put towards any pattern downloads from the SweetGeorgia online shop! With a selection of knit, crochet or weaving patterns to choose from, inspire your next project plans with these pattern savings (such as Ruth's @redearthdesignstuio beautiful Fireside Lace Set shown here!). ⁠

The code for the credit can be found at the SOS Resources page (direct link in IG bio), and is only available to redeem until the end of today, November 29th!

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We're celebrating Black Friday weekend at the School of SweetGeorgia with a special gift for all SOS members. From now until the end of November 29th, enjoy a $25 credit to put towards any pattern downloads from the SweetGeorgia online shop!⁠

Whether you’re interested in knit, crochet or weaving patterns to compliment the courses you’re working on at the School, we hope they bring you new projects ideas and further fibre arts learning enjoyment. The code for the discount can be found at the resources page — direct link in bio »⁠

Not yet an SOS member and interested in joining? Learn more about the different membership plans available and join us today — we hope to see you there!⁠

shown here: ⁠
Tabetha Hedrick's @tabismiles Subtle Glitter shawl⁠

#schoolofsweetgeorgia #soscommunity #blackfriday #knitting #knittingpattern #sosknitting

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The Craft Revival is Sunday, November 27 from 10 am to 4 pm. Makes by Momma Bakes will be located at the Red Lion Smokehouse. Come on out and check out her high quality winter hats. Featured here are variations on the Hudson Bay design.#makesbymommabakes #craftrevivaltbay #sosknitting

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My show schedule for the season has been finalized! Check out Makes by Mommabakes at the following venues:

🧶Sunday, October 30 (10 am to 4 pm)
Location – Thunder Bay
55 Plus Centre: 700 River St.
Craft Room 1

🧶Saturday, November 19 (11 am to 3 pm)
Location – Nipigon
TBA: Nipigon Legion OR Community Centre

🧶Sunday, November 27 (10 am to 4 pm)
Location – Thunder Bay Waterfront
Exact location TBA

🧶Saturday, December 3 (1 pm to 4pm)
Location – Red Rock Recreation Centre
#makesbymommabakes #mbymknitwear #sosknitting #craftshowsthunderbay #craftshows

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For SOS makers taking part in the the fun of Socktober, the Spinning Study Group, or for anyone new who joined us during our Spinning Summit, we have some new tutorials for you to discover at the SOS site. These spinning and knitting tips and techniques are great to bookmark and quickly reference while working through your fibre arts projects.⁠

For Socktober knitters, Tabetha's @tabismiles new Faux Circular Gauge Swatch tutorial will help you save both some yarn and time (plus help with making sure those new handknit socks fit) when knitting a gauge swatch for your next sock project. Find the video over at our SOS tutorials page!

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Course Includes

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