Short rows for the sock enthusiast (Part Two)
Short rows for socks, part 2: How (View Part One here)
This second part of the exploration into short rows and their usefulness in socks concentrates on the how part of the short row mystery. Specifically, though, it is a look at how I make my short row heels and toes. My method is not in any way the definitive method – there are many ways of knitting short rows, and this just happens to be my personal favourite for both looks and ease of knitting.
Wherever you are starting your heel or toe, whether beginning toe-up with a provisional cast on, knitting the toe last, knitting the heel in-line or as an afterthought, you will be knitting over exactly half of your total leg circumference stitches. Instances of how to set up placement of your heel or toe are given in part one of this look at short rows for socks. So, for a 48 (52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72) stitch sock, start with 24 (26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36) stitches on a single DPN/circular and knit back and forth. All stitches should be slipped purl-wise.
You are now ready to either undo your provisional cast on for your toe-up sock and surge ahead with your knitting, carry on with your sock if you are making an in-line heel or kitchener your stitches with their waiting partners to complete your sock for an afterthought heel or top-down sock. Short rows are simple, really.