3 class hours.

Short rows: those partial rows that let us create sock heels that curve to fit our feet, eliminate the ugly stepped bind offs on shoulders, and insert darts or gussets so garments can better fit our bodies. In this class you’ll learn the basics of working short rows using the classic wrap and turn method and get tips on finessing turning points. We’ll also discuss the difference between increasing and decreasing short rows, and how this technique is used to create those heels, that shoulder shaping, and much more.

Know Before You Show 
Knit, purl, cast on, bind off.


  • 30 yards worsted weight yarn in light or bright color
  • needles in size appropriate for yarn
  • basic supplies (scissors, yarn needle, ring markers, etc


The first part of your homework will give you a taste of short rows. If you see holes, don’t worry—that’s the point! You will use the second part for in-class exercises.

1. Follow the directions as written, and don’t do anything special at the end of the short rows: just turn the work, and work back over the stitches just worked. Leave the remaining stitches on the right needle unworked.
Row 1 (RS) k17, turn work.
Row 2 p17.
Row 3 k14, turn work.
Row 4 p14.
Row 5 k11, turn work.
Row 6 p11
Row 7 k8, turn work.
Row 8 p11.
Row 9 k5, turn work.
Row 10 p5.
Row 11 k2, turn work.
Row 12 p2.
Rows 13-14 knit across all 20 sts.
Bind off. Lightly block swatch. 

2. Cast on 20 sts. Knit one row. Leave yarn attached, set aside.