Short Rows Tutorial Part 6: How to use short rows to make your sweaters fit

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I don’t know why I remember this, but I do. In sixth grade we had a substitute teacher for a week who would make students who came to class late say “better late than never, better yet never late”.

Anyways, here’s the rest of the short-rows tutorial.

I learned how to do short rows when I first began knitting socks. Here are some other ways to insert short rows to make your knit garments fit better.

You can add short rows to the lower back of your sweater to keep it from riding up. This is especially helpful to wear with low rise jeans if you don’t want to flash your lower back.

 You can put short rows in the bust area of your sweater in addition to the waste shaping. This is helpful if you are…well endowed. Waist shaping will add width to the bust area, but by adding short rows you also add length, so that the sweater will drape better over the bust area. 
This is the same idea as above, but on a cardigan. Here you will one set of short rows on one side, then do the other side, whereas above you would do paired short rows on both sides simultaneously. 
You can see the rest of this series here: 

Short Rows Tutorial Part 2: Wrap and Turn
Short Rows Tutorial Part 3: Yarn Over Short Rows
Short Rows Tutorial Part 4: Make One Short Rows
Short Rows Tutorial Part 5: Japanese Short Rows

4 Responses

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  2. Nancy Brothers
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    Would Short rows help in making a man’s sweater fit at the bottom ? I just finished a wonderful merino wool for my husband. It fits well in the shoulders and chest, but hangs loose around the hips and pulls up in the back. I tried blocking it in to no avail. The front and back were identical rectangles up to the armholes.
    If I did use Short Rows, how do you determine how many stitches to start with, in order to have it fit, yet have the same “look” intended in the pattern.
    Thank you.

    • Mari
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      It depends on why the sweater isn’t fitting in the back. If you just want a sweater that’s longer in the back then yes, short rows would make the bottom back longer. I’d do them before the bottom edging so that it’s more subtle than at the very bottom.

  3. S.T.V
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    Would be grateful if someone could come up with a suitable shortrowing pattern for a men sweater.

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