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Short Row Mods to my Carbeth Cardigan—How?


#1

I am banging out a Carbeth Cardigan -in Jill Draper’s Middlefield. It’s going to be very cute. But I want to add length all around which is simple but I’d also like to have the back hang longer than the front by using short rows. I’ve followed patterns for this effect but I don’t exactly know how to free style. Anybody have some hints? My gauge is 3.5 =1" and I’m doing the 3rd size.
Thanks in advance


#2

I haven’t done short rows in this project, but I hear that Andrew from Fruity Knitting is adding them to his project, although I cannot find that he’s gotten to that point as of episode 60.
With the decreases on every single row, I imagine that they’d be best worked in the ribbing.


#3

I am far from well versed in anything like this but if I was trying this, my instinct would be to get some paper and draw a picture of what you want and then, using row gauge, figure out what I need to add. Not sure if that even makes any sense but I’m looking forward to seeing what you do.


#4

Check episode 60, 11 minutes into the podcast.


#5

Thanks Everyone-
I appreciate the thoughts. Watched the Fruity Knitting but his short rows were for a different purpose.
Soooo- I just decided to forge ahead. I wanted to have the back slope down several inches for a kind of modern take. I knit across to the mid back plus 12 sts. then started to wrap and turn on each row, back and forth.
On each row I would knit to the wrapped st, pick up the wrap , knit 3 ( or purl 3) W/T. I did this process till I was within a stitch or two of the side markers. It’s looking great-it added about 2" to the mid back and slopes up to the sides. I feel like a knitting genius!!!


#6

I totally misunderstood - I’ve had the neck shaping on my mind! Sounds as if you’ve got it.


#7

I just knit a sweater pattern that has a u-shaped bottom both front a back. This one the same length front and back, but since you work the front and back separately at the end, you could reduce the number of stitches before you turn the work on the back, and that would make for more rows, so a longer back. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/daydream-7 by Heidi Kirrmaier. She also uses an I-cord bind off, which helps those curved edges stay flat.