Knitting Short Rows: The Twin-Stitch Method

What are short-rows? They’re exactly what they sound like: partial rows in the knitting that create curves, soft angles, and depth. Short-rows are an invaluable technique that allow the knitter to create modern, seamless knitwear that is both engaging to knit and flattering to wear. In this series, we’ll show you how to work some of the most common methods of working short-rows. Previously, we discussed the wrap and turn method, the yarnover method, the German method, and the Japanese method.

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The twin-stitch method, also called the shadow-wrap method, is a simple way to work short-rows in stockinette stitch, both back and forth in rows and in the round. It also works well in ribbing or a pattern stitch with similar stacked stitches. In the twin-stitch method, stitches are worked to the desired turning point, then a “twin” to the following stitch is created by working into the stitch below with the working yarn, before turning the work. On a subsequent row, the twin stitches are worked together, to disguise the turning point.

The Twin-Stitch Method on a Knit Row

1. Knit to the turning point; insert the right needle tip knitwise under the front leg of the next stitch and knit, creating a twin to the stitch on the left needle (Figure 1). If you find it difficult to knit through the front leg, use the right needle tip to place it on the left needle untwisted and then knit.

2. Place the twin stitch on the left needle, without twisting it (Figure 2).

3. Turn the work and work the next row. If you’re working in stockinette stitch, leave the yarn at the front and purl the next row (Figure 3). If you’re working in garter stitch, move the yarn to the back after you turn the work and knit the next row.

Are you ready to try twin-stitch short-rows? Check out the Spokes Shawl (as seen in the header) or the Radial Raglan (shown above), both found in Knitting Short-Rows. Not sure which type of short-row is best for your project? Read about the best method for different types of knitting here!

This lesson has been excerpted from Knitting Short Rows, by Designer Jennifer Dassau. Jennifer is known for using engaging construction and modern shapes to create beautiful, wearable knitwear designs. Inspired by fashion, art, and writing, she blends her background in law and fashion production to make garments and accessories that are intriguing to knit and delightful to wear. Learn more about her aesthetic at The Knitting Vortex.

Learn the Twin-Stitch Method in Knitting Short Rows


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