EPS Musings

Short row headaches: I did 3 short rows across the back of the EPS cardigan, spaced a couple of inches apart. I had a lot of trouble with this since the sweater is worked in the round. I understand how to do the wrapping technique for the stitches, but I’ve never tried it in circular knitting before, and I couldn’t find any instructions on how to do it for circular knitting. When knitting in the round, by the time you come to the wrap on the right-most side, you have a bigger gap to fill than you would if you were knitting flat.  I couldn’t figure out how to deal with the gap so that I didn’t get a hole. The first one actually went pretty well, but I don’t really know what I did. The second one was going to have a big hole, so I played around with how to knit the wrap, and although I didn’t have a big hole, I had some loose stitches that didn’t look too great. I think I just picked up the stitch from the row below and knit into it to help fill the hole. I tried to do that on the third one, but I just couldn’t get it to work out, and ended up with a hole. I finally decided to just ignore it and weave in yarn afterward to fill the holes.

Does anyone have suggestions on how to deal with the gap when doing short rows in the round? It’s too late for this sweater, but it would be nice to know for the future.

As for progress, I’m about half-way done with the second sleeve, and have been looking over what needs to be done for joining the sleeves and working the yoke.  I was just going to use the Fair Isle pattern for the Circular Yoke sweater in “Knitting Around”, but it looks like I’ll need to do a bit of adjustment since I’m using a worsted-weight yarn and doing a small sweater. I don’t think I’ll have enough vertical space to fit it all in if I don’t start the pattern until after the first decrease, so I’ll need to omit a few rows.

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5 Responses to EPS Musings

  1. eliza says:

    I had a very similar headache when trying to do the short row bust shaping on my EPS. I’ve been knitting a purl “seam” stitch down both sides of my sweater – so after fiddling with picking up and knitting the wraps on the right side of my chest, I ended up purling back and purling them together through the back loop and making one more turn in the purl stitch. It was really hard to purl that wrap together with the stitch – it was so tight – but I think it ended up looking the best. Let me know what you find out.

  2. Lauren says:

    Cat Bordhi has a great technique for short rows in her new book – I can’t even tell there is a short row when I’ve used it. She has some videos on YouTube, and I think it is with those if you’re interested.


  3. Chris says:

    I’m going to check out Lauren’s advice myself – when I’ve done this in circular knitting, sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t… and I’m never sure why, either!

  4. Carrie K says:

    I’ve never noticed a difference between flat and round – but then again, have I ever actually finished a flat one?

    Uh, no. Sorry! I’m no help.

  5. I’m so glad you’re ahead of me! You’re bringing up so many interesting issues.

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