I have been obsessing, and I mean really obsessing, over knitting short rows for the shoulders for the Central Park Hoodie I’m knitting for my daughter. I’ve done almost everything except the shoulders. I’ve knitted the back up to the shoulders, and both front pieces up to the shoulders. I have looked at YouTube videos on short rows, knitted and purled; and at videos on Japanese short rows. I’ve read blogs, and have read chapters about it in books. This has been on my mind so much that it’s the first thing that enters my thoughts when I get up in the morning and it’s what puts me to sleep at night.
So. Two nights ago I just put my ears back (have you heard of that expression: “Just put your ears back and do it.”) and started the short rows on the shoulders only to have my half-grown kitten chew halfway through the yarn the next morning. This is a kitten-cat who has never shown any interest in my yarn and it’s not even 100% wool! Did you know that “tink” is “knit” spelled backwards? Sure you did. Given the nature of short rows, there was no way I could attach nice, clean, whole yarn at the beginning was a row because there is no beginning of a row. Out came the short rows and I started all over. However, this time instead of the wrap and turn short rows I knitted the Japanese short row. We’ll see how this turns out today.
Let me add this. For the size 36, you bind off 6 stitches each time until you get the proper number of stitches remaining on the needles. For the first two bind offs, this puts you right in the middle of the purl or knit stitches that frame the cable column. Because of this I have spaced my bind off stitches every four or seven stitches so I don’t split a column.