Sock Knitting: Shadow Wrap Short-Rows

Deuce, by Alice Yu, from
Spring 2013

There seem to be an endless number of ways to knit socks, and, as Martha says, that’s a good thing! We can choose our favorites and go from there. But there’s always more to learn, and leave it to sock knitting expert and Soctopus Yarn company founder Alice Yu to come up with a fantastic new way to work short-rows: shadow wraps.

Her sock pattern, Duece, shown at left and available in the new issue of Sockupied, is a fabulous pattern that uses the shadow-wrap technique. Isn’t that lattice stitch great? And the shadow-wrapped wedge heel looks like it would provide a really comfy fit.

Here’s how to work the shadow wrap short-rows. Please note that the directions written here for shadow wraps aren’t written for any specific sock or any specific stitch count; you can use whichever pattern you want to use, just follow the directions below.

Alice Yu’s shadow-wrap method uses the row below the needle to prepare for a gapless heel. Use it for a wedge heel or an hourglass heel.

Twin stitch (knit) (TWK):
With right needle, knit into the purl bump of stitch directly below stitch on left needle (Figs. 1, 2). Slip stitch from right needle to left needle without twisting it (Fig. 3)—2 stitches from 1 stitch. Turn work.

Twin stitch (purl) (TWP):
With yarn in from (wyf), slip 1 stitch purlwise to right needle, then insert left needle from back to front into purl bump of stitch below stitch on right needle and purl this stitch (Fig. 4 + 5)—2 stitches from 1 stitch. Slip both stitches of twin stitch from right needle to left needle without twisting. (Fig. 6). Turn work.

Narrowing Section
*Short-row 1 (RS): Knit to last stitch, TWK.
Short-row 2 (WS): Sl 1 pwise wyf, purl to last stitch, TWP.
Short-row 3: Knit to last st before twin stitch, TWK.
Short-row 4: Purl to last st before twin stitch, TWP.
Repeat Short-rows 3 and 4 until the desired number of stitches remain between stitches.


The wedge heel, worked with shadow wrapped short-rows


Widening Section, Wedge Heel Option
Round 1 (RS): Knit to end of heel, working twin stitches as 1 stitch when you come to them, work instep in pattern.
Round 2: Knit to end of round, working remaining twin stitches as 1 stitch when you come to them and working instep in pattern.
Repeat from * 1 or 2 more times to fit heel.

To learn how to work the hourglass heel with shadow wraps, get your issue of Sockupied today!


P.S. What’s your favorite way to knit socks? Leave a comment and let us know!

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