Basically a short row is one where not all the stitches on the needle are knitted. There are a variety of short row methods and they can be confusing as some include wrapping the yarn and some do not. This is meant to be a list of various ways of doing short rows. Most of them actually accomplish the exact same end result, just in different ways. At the top is a list of the different types covered, below that is a short description and a link to more information.Basic Short Rows Wrap and turn YO Short Rows Japanese Short Rows German Short Rows Shadow Wrap short rows
Basic Short Rows — Knit the required number of stitches, turn the piece, work back. This method is simple, but leaves holes.
Wrap and turn (by Fluff and Fuss) — The required number of stitches are worked. The next stitch is slipped onto the right needle, the working yarn is brought to the front (or the back when purling) and slip the slipped stitch back to the left needle. Move the yarn to the back (or the front when purling). When working across the whole row, the wrap is picked up and knitted with the slipped stitch it is wrapping.
YO Short Rows (by NonaKnits) — Work to turning point, turn, do a yarn over, work across. When working across the whole row work the yarn over with the next stitch (k2tog or ssk)
Japanese Short Rows (by Jean Moss)– Work the required number of stitches, turn the piece. Slip a stitch and attach a removable stitch marker or safety pin to the stitch. Work the rest of the row. When working across the whole row, use the pin to pull the slipped stitch onto the left needle, work together with the next stitch (k2tog or ssk).
German (aka Double Stitch) Short Rows (by Kniftybits) — Work the required number of stitches minus one, move yarn to opposite side, slip one stitch and pull the stitch over the needle. When working across the whole row, work the two pulled legs together.
Shadow Wrap (aka Mother/Daughter) Short Rows (by Socktopus) — Work the required number of stitches, lift up the stitch below to the left needle, work it. Slip that stitch back to the left needle, turn and work the next row. When working across the whole row, work the two twinned together.