Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Japanese short rows ITR

I did it: I added Japanese short rows to Green Gable! How did they turn out? You'll get to see! I took pictures along the way.
The first shot is of all my pinned loops. I pinned 6 on each side, following Nona's directions. See the green stitch markers on the left and the peach ones on the right? The green ones represent the knitside turning points; the peach represent the purlside turning points.

This next picture shows a close-up view of the pinned loops on the backside of my work. They are green and therefore were done at the knitside turning points. The loops are actually between the stitches you see on the needles. At this point in my knitting I was preparing to "take care of" the stitch markers; or as Nona says, "close the gap." See the Nona link above for directions.

Here's where I had to figure out what to do about the purlside loops. If my work wasn't in the round, I could just turn it and purl up to these loops. But that's impossible now that I've already picked up the green knitside loops and am forced to continue ITR. So, I figured out a way to mimic Nona's directions. After taking care of the green knitside pinned loops, I knit around to the peach markers, stopping one short, as you can see in this picture.

I proceeded to pull the pinned loop past the 1st stitch and onto the needle, correctly mounting the stitch. This might be easier to do using your right needle tip: insert tip underneath pinned loop and place it on left needle. Whichever way you choose to do it, the pinned loop will cross behind the former 1st stitch. Now K2tog.

This last picture represent the result of the purlside Japanese short rows. I was quite pleased at the uniformity and tightness of the stitches. If I had to be knitpicky, I'd only say this: the purlside short row stitches don't lie as flat as the knitside ones. Maybe I could incorporate some twisting of stitches in the process of the K2tog? I'm definitely using Japanese short rows from now on - they look so much better!!!!!


me said...

Your Japanese short rows did great!! looks good!!

Phyllis said...

Your Japanese short rows look good and I need to learn how to do that the results are really great.

Barbara said...

I'm your biggest fan! I knew you would figure it out. It looks great and can't wait to see it.

gleek said...

oh great!!! thank you so much for figuring this out! i'm going to attempt mine tonight so i'll be keeping this handy :)

p.s. bobby pins work great too if you don't have those closeable pins laying around.

gleek said...

ok, i did it! you're right. the regular knit pickups look really smooth. you can hardly tell that there are short rows there but the purl pickups are just a bit wonky. i'm wondering if using an SSK or K2tog tbl would be better. it would be hard because that picked up stitch is so tight but.. it's worth a shot! i'm not going to rip back though. even this slight wonkiness looks LOADS better than wraps.

i'm thinking that when this GG is done i may just take out some waste yarn and figure it out. i also need to figure out how to use japanese short rows on a short row heel of a sock. any thoughts on that? :)

Jackie F. said...

Hmm... I've only knit socks with short rows once. Doing the first half of the heel would be OK. But, I'm not sure how to do the second half where you're working outward since I don't remember offhand how that works with wrapped stitches. I'll have to think about that one...

BTW, I finally found out where the official answer is to the purlside pickups ITR: Priscilla Gibson-Roberts' Knitting in the Old Way. If I can find this book this weekend at a bookstore, I'll buy it. I'm so curious!

Next time I do the purlside pickups, I'll try the SSK and the K2tog tbl. One of those has to work!

gleek said...

i agree.. one of them has to work! let me know what you find out from the priscilla book. i'm anxious to know because i'd really like to use this technique again.