Amy’s Thread: Short Row Knits Giveaway

Carol Feller, the designer behind the pattern line Stolen Stitches, has just released her 3rd book, Short Row Knits (now available at bookstores and yarn shops everywhere!). I am particularly excited about, Tempisque, a colorwork shawl from the book knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light.

From the website Stolen Stitches:

This workshop-in-a-book demystifies short row knitting, an easy method for creating perfectly shaped shoulders, bust darts, hems, and other three-dimensional elements. Carol Feller walks you through every step with easy tutorials and 20 beautiful projects.

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The Tempisque shawl uses short rows to create wedges in different colours that create a unique geometric shawl. Worked from the top down, increases at each end grow the shawl as you work.

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This project uses 4 skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, in 3 colors. Ultra Alpaca Light is the same great fiber blend as the worsted weight but in a versatile sport to light DK weight, perfect for cozy garments or accessories.

Win a kit to make Tempisque from Short Row Knits!

Potter Craft books has shared a copy of the book to giveaway and we’re adding the yarn – Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, in shades 4201 (1 skein), 4279 (1 skein), and 42104 (2 skeins) – to knit Tempisque from the book.

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment telling us about your experience with short rows, have a favorite technique? Tell us about it! If its new to you, that’s OK too!

DETAILS: Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Comments must be posted by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, September 27, 2015. One winner will be chosen at random and announced on the blog next Monday, September 28.

72 Comments

  1. I am new to short rows. I Just got my first pattern to try making a beautiful shawl I fell in love with. I think items with short rows are so pretty and I hope I can make them with little trouble. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  2. I’ve used short rows a bit, but only following explicit directions in a pattern. It would be good, and more freeing, to be conversant with their possibilities.

  3. I’ve only knit one project with short rows. It came out beautifully, but I had someone helping me as I went along. I want to feel comfortable doing them on my own. They seem like such a good technique to have in my arsenal.

  4. I fell in love with a few patterns without realizing that short rows were a specialized technique! I’m still not sure that I was doing them correctly on those shawls, but I’d love to get better at them for future projects. Looks like a useful and inspiring book!

  5. My most extensive amount of short rows has been in making a fun hat (Kaarisillan päässä) – and the garter stitch totally helped hide the turns, so that was great. But I’d totally be game to try some more complicated patterns…

  6. I’m knitting a shawl right now for my daughter, using the wrap and turn method for the short rows. It’s coming out quite nice! A simple technique to get an interesting effect.

  7. My first attempt at short rowing was a mess! But, we learn from our mistakes, and if we don’t try we’ll never learn! I am glad I stuck with it.

  8. I am growing to love short rows! I’ve worked patterns with several different techniques now for both socks and shawls and can’t get enough of how beautifully they shape the fabric!

  9. I have knit some short rows, primarily in sweaters or sock heels. I find I’m never confident I’m picking up the gaps correctly. I’ve been eyeing this book. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  10. I am currently working on my first pattern that has short rows and they are fascinating. I can definitely see where they would come in handy with shaping.

  11. I’m a new knitter, but I have worked short rows when I made the Aggregate Shawl. It was mostly “wrap and turn” but I am eager to learn other techniques!

  12. I have used short rows for a top down sleeve and for shoulder shaping and for socks, but I always feel awkward! Would love to know more tricks.

  13. I have never tried short rows, but after reading the description, it sounds like it would be perfect for me since I sometimes get bored with doing long rows of the same stitch over and over.

  14. I use short rows in heels and toes of socks, and sometimes to try to avoid a stair step effect at the shoulder (I am only somewhat successful so far). I usually use the fish lips kiss heel short row technique, which involves lifting a stitch from the row below and knitting or purling that. I’d so love to be better at short rows thoug and this book looks amazing.

  15. My first attempt at short rows was an absolutely hideous tank top with the “bust shaping” about 3″ too low. I never wore it. While i still use the classic wrap-and-turn my technique has improved immeasurably.

  16. I have used short rows many times over the years. Although I have experimented with a number of different versions, I almost always fall back to the basic wrap and turn methodology unless I am making a reversible fabric.

    By the way, thanks for such a terrific give away! I love Carol Feller’s designs and find her attention to detail irresistible.

  17. I learned to do standard short rows when I did my Color Affection. Learned to do German short rows with my Dreambird. Wish I would have known about the German method first! I’ve been eyeing a couple of sweater patterns that use short row shaping that I may want to try.

  18. I like using Japanese short rows, they just seem to turn out neater for me. I have uses this method in sweaters and shawls. Short rows are fun and not only shape a garment, but let you create something fun and different

  19. I’ve done a few projects with short rows, but I’m still trying to find a technique that will work the best for me. Especially when doing short row heels on socks, I just can’t seem to find a good way to avoid having little holes where I turn.

  20. I have used short rows on a few projects, but I don’t feel like I have mastered them. I would like to. Thank you for a chance to win a project to help me learn this technique

  21. I’ve knit short row heels on socks, but I’ve disliked every minute. My short row heels always look awful. The stitches are stretched out and the juncture is holey. I’ve ready about putting short rows on the backs of sweaters, to lower the neckline, but I don’t quite understand how: where do I start them, midback, higher, lower; how long should the rows be, how many short rows to add without making the back look like it has a lump of extra fabric? So many questions.

  22. I’ve knit short row heels on socks, but I’ve disliked every minute. My short row heels always look awful. The stitches are stretched out and the juncture is holey. I’ve ready about putting short rows on the backs of sweaters, to lower the neckline, but I don’t quite understand how: where do I start them, midback, higher, lower; how long should the rows be, how many short rows to add without making the back look like it has a lump of extra fabric? So many questions.

  23. I am intrigued by the effects of short rows, but I haven’t tried them yet. I have read through one lesson on the wrap and turn method. Next step, practice on a flat piece. I want to try Diamante!

  24. I really like the look of short rows, but haven’t tried them yet. I have read through a lesson on wrap and turn, and now I need to practice the method on a flat piece. I hope eventually to make the Diamante shawl from the book!

  25. I love short rows for socks and toy knitting. I have never used it for a shawl. It would be great to learn a new method. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  26. I’ve tried short rows once. I was knitting a sweater for my husband and Elizabeth Zimmerman suggested short rows to make the back a little longer. I didn’t realize right away but I wa doing it wrong and every on left a whole!

  27. To tell you the truth I do not know if I have ever knit short rows so I do not have anything to go on. I would love to be able to create a beautiful shawls such as shown.

  28. I am fairly new to the technique, having made a summer top, Jessie’s Girl that uses short rows at the shoulders, and a kerchief-shaped Bandana Cowl. I used the wrap and turn method and found tutorials on YouTube and The Purl Bee to be very helpful.

  29. Have done short rows for a head wrap but often patterns calling for it on larger projects seem a bit confusing to me. Probably technique which seems more difficult than it is. Thanks for a chance at your giveaway!

  30. I have used short rows to form a circle for the bottom of a knitted purse, as well as using them on the Color Affection shawl I am working on. They are kind of magical!

  31. short rows in sick heels are the bane of my existence — can never seem to get all the holes closed! so any education on the whole concept can only be a good thing. plus, that shawl is wonderful…

  32. Hello, I have never knitted short rows, one more reason why I would love to have this book. I love how knitting has grown in the past twenty years.

  33. My favorite short row project was making a pair of pants for my son. I used short rows to make a monster mouth on the bottom. Super Cute!

  34. I made the cardigan on the cover of the Knits Weekend 2011 magazine that used short rows for shaping. I believe it was designed by Carol Feller. Reading over the pattern the short rows seemed intimidating but when I actually knitted them, they were not hard at all! I was glad I tried something new.

  35. I am stuck in a short rows wormhole! I have three projects I want to finish before Christmas and because I am stuck not understanding short rows (Oh yeah, one project is Japanese short rows, one is German short rows and the other doesn’t even state specifically what kind of short rows they are!) I desperately need a book that explains the process, a good tutorial, a martini… and not necessarily in that order!

  36. I can’t understand short rows for the life of me (but I started knitting only about six months ago, so I’m working on it)! I definitely need some practice.

  37. I am not new to short rows but still do not understand how to use them other than when a pattern instructs me to use them. I would love to know how to incorporate them as a additional technique to be able to use on my own. This book may be able to show me that.
    Thanks

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