Ok so where were we??

Hip to waist decreases and back short row shaping details

The Finger Lakes Fiber Festival derailed me over the past few days but the leggings are done!

As promised I would go back and add in a few more details on the finishing. So where did I leave off?

I think I had decided to partially frog the leggings down from the waist to the hip stitches.

  • I then proceeded to mark 2 stitches on either side of the leggings centered on each hip. This is where I decided that the Hip to Waist decreases should be placed for a young girl who is very thin.
Lesson 6: Pay close attention to where you place an increase or decrease line in any garment. There are just some parts of the body that do not need accents, embellishments, or flashing lights saying look at me!
  • I decreased every 3rd row until I reached about 10 stitches less than my original gauge & waist measurements dictated so that the leggings really hug the body.
  • Then I continued to knit round and round without any increases or decreases until just below belly button.
  • Then EZ has you make short rows in back to accommodate the person’s curvy backside. Genius!
  • Please refer to her Knitter’s Almanac for help in determining the placement and number of short rows. I read her instructions over and over again and I just could not get the numbers to work out in my head until I actually just gave up and TRUSTED her. Of course her recommended percentage worked out beautifully.
  • Well… almost. My little model is a little thin in the backside so now that I understood how the shaping was working…
  • You guessed it. I frogged the short rows shaping yet again! I started the short rows quite a few stitches back and then worked a few less rows all together.
  • In other words I cheated!
Tidbit: If you have a garment that already fitsĀ  your model well, then there is nothing wrong with cheating. Take measurements, examine the shaping, and make it work!
Lesson7: Short-row shaping. Short rows are quite simple you just wrap and turn. You bring your yarn to the opposite side of your work, slip the next stitch in the same manner as you would work them (slip the Knits knitwise, the purls purlwise), bring your yarn back to the previous working position, slip the now wrapped stitch back onto original needle, then turn your around and continue back across row until reach the next desired wrapped stitch. Continue working back and forth wrapping and turning.
Now that’s the easy part. The more creative step is what to do with each of these wraps when you encounter them as you continue on with your project. This is called concealing your wraps and there are many ways to accomplish the hiding of these little nusances without leaving huge gaping holes.
Now I thought I would be clever and add in a little demo video but I recalled that Cat Bordhi already had a youtube video that describes this process. It is hysterical and if you have never seen it you MUST. You will never look at your stitches the same way again! Perhaps you too will start naming your own stitches. Yes, I bet some of you knitters have not been driven to talk to your knitting. Your time will come.

Cat Bordhi – Part 1: wrapping & turning, concealing wraps

Cat Bordhi – Part 2: wrapping & turning, concealing wraps

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