As some of you already know, I use 'short rows' to even out the height of built-in buttonbands that lay right next to the st st of the Front.
Case in point: Say you want to knit-in the buttonbands as you go along.
The buttonbands can be garter stitch, or perhaps seed stitch. (Not ribbing)
But, as you knit along...you will notice that the buttonband starts to warp, or bow/bend! Curses!
This bow/bend is due to the fact that the seed stitch or garter stitch ROW GAUGE doesn't match the row gauge of the body.
It isn't 'stacking up' as tall as the st st.
To remedy this, you must increase the number of rows
within the button band without increasing the rows
of the body.
This is accomplished with the use of 'short rows'.
I am making my DGD a ruffle edge cardi, worked in one piece up to the armhole shaping. Here is it so far: Another inch and I will be separating the FRONTS and BACK and working them separately.
Note the seed stitch buttonband below. There are 33 rows
of seed stitch so far...and I worked 5 short rows
in this buttonband. That is to say, while the body has 33 exact rows
of st st above the ruffle & eyelet border, there are 38 seed stitch rows
! On Rows
5, 11, 17, 23, and 29 I worked short rows
before proceeding down the line.
Here is an example:
Row 5: work the 6 seed stitches/turn the work/WS
: work the 6 seed stitches again/turn the work/RS
: work the 6 seed stitches again and continue on with the st st as usual. This creates an additional 'stack' of seed stitch on "Row 5".
I was wrapping and turning, but I quit that for the Row 11. It was just too darn hard to fully pick up the wrap and make it disappear. So I just turned the work, and worked the next stitch, no wraps. It worked! No holes.
PS: I will continue to work short rows
in the buttonband every 6th row. This cardi will have ONE BUTTONHOLE, in the neckband, so there will be no short
row conflicts with buttonhole rows
PPS: I do know that some folks will try to 'block away' their buttonband blues! But, some yarns will bounce right back to their original shape. I'd rather do it right in the first place. The less you rely on blocking to fix your problems, the better.