Short Row Knits Blog Tour: Zapote jacket and German Short Rows

We're delighted to have our yarn featured in Carol Feller's latest book, Short Row Knits. This book features a great technique section detailing four types of short row methods as well as twenty knitting patterns including a variety of sweaters and accessories.

As part of the blog tour, today we'll be taking a closer look at Zapote, a children's jacket, as well as the German short row technique.

The Zapote jacket is knit from the top down using German short rows to shape the hood. The shoulders are shaped in one piece with raglan increases, and the body is finished with an A-line shape and garter stitch pockets. It's super adorable! The pattern is sized from 6 months to 10 years and uses Yowza (shown here in Coventry).

German short rows are simple to work - but better yet, they're virtually invisible.

If you work a short row in knitting without some kind of wrap or extra stitch, you'll get an unsightly hole that disrupts the visual flow of the piece. German short rows solve this problem by creating a doubled stitch at the turning point by essentially pulling up a stitch from the row below.

Here's a little demo.

To work a German short row from the knit side, (1) knit to the turning point; turn; (2) slip the stitch purlwise from left to right and then (3) pull the working yarn up and over the right needle. Then bring the yarn down in between the needles (4) and purl across. 

Yes, this feels like making a beginner mistake and it looks a little funky! But it creates a double stitch that will become virtually invisible in the finished fabric. When you go to work past those doubled stitches, be sure to knit both loops together as if they were one stitch. This is how that double stitch will look when you come to it:

Here's my swatch, front and back, after I've worked two short rows from the knit side and then knit two rows all the way across. You can hardly see - especially on the knit side - where the turns were, but the work is definitely at an angle now.

To work a German short row from the purl side, the technique is similar. Again, it's a little funky looking as you do it: (1) purl to the turning point; turn; (2) slip the stitch purlwise (with yarn in FRONT) from left to right and then (3) pull the working yarn up and over the right needle. Continue to knit from here. Again, when you come to the double stitch on the next row, (4) work it as if it were one stitch.

OK we can't resist another cute baby photo.

Helen adds... Knitting for babies is always satisfying - you finish a project rather quickly, and babies make everything look cute! Carol's adorable hooded jacket is sure to be a hit with the parents you know, and the clever hood shaping gives plenty of practice in the German short row technique. The simplicity of the sweater means it will be lovely in both monochromes and Babettes - just pick one that is appropriate for the intended recipient! My co-worker Alex has twin daughters who will turn one this coming spring... and I'm seriously thinking of picking two skeins that go well together and knitting a pair of jackets!

Finally, now for the fun giveaway part! 

Comment here about your favorite color or colors for babies by midnight PST on October 1st (be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you) to be entered in the giveaway! We are giving away one copy of Short Row Knits and will choose a winner randomly. Thanks for reading and we hope you've learned something new about German short rows today!

The next stop on the Short Row Knits blog tour is with Stephannie Tallent on October 2.

 

Edited to add: Congratulations to Sylvia D, who was randomly selected as the winner! I've emailed to let her know to expect a copy of Short Row Knits in the mail.

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Pamela

Pamela

I prefer more rich and vibrant colors over pastels, such as Oz, Coos Bay, Aubergine, Plum, Cloak, Sweet Pea, and Franklin – to name just a few.

Shanna

Shanna

I love bright colors for babies! Especially greens and yellows because they’re perceived as “gender neutral”

Evelyn

Evelyn

I love neutrals for babies! Natural and undyed shades. But especially white, since putting babies in clothes you can’t bleach can make for a lot of sadness!

Amy Gainor

Amy Gainor

I like deep jewel tones for babies as opposed to the usual pastels. A dark eggplant would be my favorite for boy or girl.

Amy Gainor

Amy Gainor

My favorite colors for babies are usually deep jewel tones rather than the usual pastels. Dark eggplant would be my favorite for boy or girl.

webdoyenne

webdoyenne

Currently making a baby blanket for a New Orleans expectant mom. Using a purple/green/gold/white colorway. I don’t think babies particularly care what color their things are, so I tend to keep mom/dad in mind.

Sarah Bordelon

Sarah Bordelon

what an awesome jacket! Almost makes me want another little one to knit it for! Almost…

Laurel Luchsinger

Laurel Luchsinger

I need to try German Short Rows. it adds another dimension to knitting. That sweater is adorable. I like bright,colorful yarns for baby knits

Terry B.

Terry B.

I love brights for little people, like Electric Turquoise or a red like Dark Andromeda or Scarlet Letter.

Jessica M.

Jessica M.

I love bright colors on babies!

Colleen Conlan

Colleen Conlan

I like greens and purples and blues for babies, or else a bright color striped with black (but that depends on the mom!). Love this sweet little hoodie,

Janet Campbell

Janet Campbell

Naples is a beautifully soft colour but I love so many of the Babette mixes as well!

Ann

Ann

I will be trying German Short Rows soon.

Linda

Linda

I love the German method of short rows. I love bright colours, even when knitting for babies.

Linda

Linda

I love the German method of short rows. I love bright colours, even when knitting for babies.

Julie

Julie

Let’s save babies from pastels and give them lovely bright colors, like a nice aqua. Can’t wait to read the book!

Elane

Elane

I really like this method of doing short rows. I used that method for knitting a Cedar Lane shawlette.

Kathy R

Kathy R

One of my favorites and one that I would love to knit this pattern with would be shades of aqua. So sweet for a baby!

AnneSATX

AnneSATX

I prefer bright or deep colors for babies — teal blues or deep aquas are always pretty.

Kala

Kala

red

Karen

Karen

I’ve been wanting to learn how to do the German short-row knitting method. This book would be a great place to start.

Barbara L.

Barbara L.

I love doing short rows. I’d love to win this book.

Analiese

Analiese

Would love to learn German short row technique and blue goes well with my grandson’s baby blues-He’s a ladykiller -Thanks for the giveaway

Megpie

Megpie

I love seeing babies in a vibrant blue, like Aquamarine or Mountain Air. And I love German short rows, but can never remember exactly how to do them; this was a great pictorial. Thanks.

SuthernGirl

SuthernGirl

I love tomatoey reds and foresty greens on babies!

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