Short rows do precisely what the name implies, they introduce additional knitted rows into the design which are shorter than the entire row (or round) of the pattern design. They can be functional (e.g., to provide shaping) or decorative and, while there are many varieties of techniques, what all of them hold in common is that they entail changing directions while working a row or round so that the current row is shortened. The most challenging part of working short rows usually relates to the method used to smooth the transition at the point where the row is shortened and the knitting direction is changed.
- Coming soon: a video of a simplified version of the short row which is described in my Molden Pattern
- German Short Rows Explained by Interweave