Short rows confounded me for years. I found the process very daunting and avoided any pattern that used short rows. I couldn’t find a good tutorial to help me demystify this very easy process. Hopefully, you will find left handed short rows easy and straight forward with this picture tutorial.
So what are left handed short rows? Short rows are a process of adding a pocket or wedge of fabric to your piece without adding length. On the first two rows you knit to two stitches before the end of the row and then complete the left handed short row. On all subsequent rows you knit to the stitch before the previous short row thus each row becomes shorter and shorter. When all short rows are completed then you knit across picking up all of the wraps and knitting them with the stitch they were wrapped around.
The Left handed central double decrease, abbreviated cdd, is a decrease of two stitches. It is most often used at the points of leaves. It is a wonderful stitch to know as it makes the points of the leaves look professional. The reason it looks so beautiful is that the left and right stitch hide behind the middle stitch showing a continuity of the middle stitch from the rows below. I found this stitch tricky because all the tutorials I found were for right handed knitter, not left handed knitters. Have no fear, I spent way too much time figuring this out for myself and I gladly share it here with you today.
I warn you this is a multistep stitch, but well worth the time and effort.
If you know knitting terms here are the steps. If you are unsure about the steps, please follow along below with a picture tutorial and short video at the end.
Today I will show you one of the two types of decreases. In knitting increases and decreases become part of the overall look of the knitted fabric as both have directionality to them. This is important to know because which one you use does matter and will add to the overall effect of the finished piece. Like the title suggests, the left handed k2tog (knit two together) is just that, you knit the next two stitches on your right hand needle as one stitch. Use the same rhyme as you did for the knit stitch here:
In through the front door, around the back, out through the window and off jumps jack.
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Step 1 of the left handed k2tog: In through the front door
As you can see in the above photo I am going into the next two stitches at the same time. You will treat both stitches as one.