Japanese Short Rows


Now these are some beautiful short rows! They’re super smooth and invisible, just as advertised. But sadly, they are a classic case of getting what you give. This is the best looking method I tried, but it was also the least effortless method. Instead of wrapping stitches before you turn, you drop a removable marker onto your yarn, turn, and slip a stitch, and then when you work your way to the end of a short row, you use your marker to pull out a loop to work together with a neighboring stitch like you would work together a wrap and reclaim your stitch marker. If you’re working your short rows shortest to longest, you only need two markers, but I can imagine that you’d need quite the collection if you were doing longest to shortest.


As much as I admire the look of this method, I don’t think it will completely replace the wrap and turn method for me. Japanese short rows are gorgeous, but they’re also fiddly and throw off my knitting rhythm. When it comes to something like a short row sleeve cap that doesn’t need to blend in perfectly, I probably will not spend the extra time working this method. Bust shaping, however? That seems like the perfect time to use this style of short rows because that does need to invisibly blend in. I have to say that I’m very impressed with this method. If only it were easier to work!






5 responses to “Japanese Short Rows”

  1. I tried the German short rows method and it is surprisingly easy and invisible too. No need of stitch markers, just eyes are enough. Try this method, if you haven’t already.

    1. That was the second method I did for this series. I was pretty unimpressed with it because it was hard to get the tension right.

  2. I’m with affiknity with the German short rows – they’re the neatest for me. But, it’s been a while since I’ve done them … You’re inspiring me to try all the short rows …

  3. I’m a true wrap’n’turn girl, but this has certainly inspired me to try to be a bit more adventurous with my techniques! Thank you!
    Laura xox

  4. The Japanese short row method is my favorite. With practice, it gets less fussy. Instead of markers, I like to use little pieces of scrap yarn. I also use the wrap and turn method quite a bit. Just depends on the weight of the yarn and where the short rows are being placed. I really enjoy reading your mini series on different techniques.

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