Repairing a dropped German Short Row

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This tutorial will be super helpful if you’ve ever dropped a German Short Row and have needed to repair it and pick it up. This really needs a photo tutorial and a better main shot above than one of the stills from the video, but in the meantime, this short video clip shows you how to pick up a GSR and put it back together!

I’ll update this post when the photo tutorial is done. Despite the fact that a sideways knit garter stitch Hat is nearly always on my needles, I never seem to remember to take photos of the various stages….


As always, if you have a question about this technique or need some help with it, leave a comment below! I’m afraid I’m unable to offer help via email or private message, but you’re welcome to post in our forum.


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  1. Alison Lauter

    Hi. Thanks so much for making your patterns and all this information available!

    I’m working my way through Toph, my first effort at a Woolly Wormed pattern, loving the process and the product. Two quick questions: (1) on the diagram there are several rows (e.g. numbers 18, 26, 46 and others) where a SR is indicated at the end of the row. If you are using the GSR method (which I am) how do you do the GSR if there is no "next" stitch to knit before turning the work? and (2) In that pattern, Toph, are there always supposed to be 55 stitches on the needle (as the instructor at my local yarn shop stated?)

    I can’t find anyone else near where I live in sort of rural New Hampshire who knows the answers to my questions so I really hope you can help me.


    • Woolly Wormhead

      Hello there!

      Answering your 2nd question with help with your first so yes, there will always be 55sts on your needles, however they won’t all be in use at the same time, many of them will be dormant as you work on the short row forms that create the pattern.

      Bear in mind that on the chart map, the stitch counts are given for each short row, and it notes in the pattern that those stitch counts don’t include the short rowed stitches, i.e. the stitch you’ll work your German short row on.

      So in answer to your first question, you aren’t working a complete row on the rows you mention – Row 18 for instance is K54, SR – so you’re working the short row on the very last stitch of that particular row.

      Those long rows may look like complete rows but they’re not, they’re still short rows, except they’re not necessarily part of the leaf forms (they’re actually helping to shape the leaf forms from the outside and at the same time, shape the crown).

      I wrote a blog post about using the chart maps, and I think it might be of help to you:

      I hope this helps! It’s a fun pattern once everything ‘clicks’ and you get underway!

      And there’s always my Ravelry and Facebook groups if that works for you, you can share photos of your progress there. We haven’t got the forums working yet on my website, which is a little frustrating I know, but there’s a lot of help to be found on Ravelry or Facebook in the meantime 🙂


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