How to Knit a Short Row Scarf

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Knitting a short row scarf is something that you have to do in a very specific way. Find out how to knit a short row scarf with help from a store owner and craft expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Kelly Dolan from in Denver, Colorado. And, I'm going to show you how to knit a short row scarf. Short rows are used in scarves when you want to provide either shaping or ruffles. As you can see, this is rounded, and that is from short rows. On this sample, the short rows are more often, and while this is my cast-on edge, this is my knitting edge. So, it twists around, and it will eventually ruffle. To make a short row, you knit shorter than the row is wide. And then, after the last stitch of the short row, you slip the next stitch, wrap the yarn around, and slip the stitch back on. You turn it around, and you knit back the other way, or if you're doing stockinette, you'll purl. Now, when you come back across when it's time to knit all the way across, and pick up those wrap stitches. What you'll do is you'll knit the stitch right before the wrap stitch. I have a marker here to show where my wrap stitch will be. You'll pick up the wrap, which can be a little tricky, because it does pull tight. And, once you have that stitch picked up, you'll put it on your needle, and you'll knit these two stitches together. And, you'll continue across, and at each wrap stitch, you'll do the same thing. So, I'm slipping the marker before the wrap stitch, picking up my wrap, putting it on my knitting needle, slipping my needle through, and knitting those two together. And, you'll just continue the rest of the way across. And, that's how you knit a short row scarf. I'm Kelly Dolan from in Denver, Colorado. Thank you for joining me. Happy knitting!


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