I've been told perfection is boring. Well, I'm certainly not boring (just ask my friends) and I'm definitely not perfect (just ask my kids)! Because of this I have a standing policy of rewarding people who nicely bring an error to my attention with a free single pattern download from my Ravelry pattern store.

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A Humble Short Row Square

Skill level: Intermediate

Suggested Needle(s): US 2.5 (3.0 mm)

Sizes Offered: One size (4x4 inches)

Yarn Weight: #1–Superfine (fingering)

Yardage Required: Approximately 15 yards in each of 2 colors.

Techniques Used: Short Rows

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As I assembled patterns for my eBook The Queen’s Garters, I realized I use short rows a lot!  To make it easier to make my designs, I thought I should create a tutorial pattern for the collection.   It turned out so well I decided to offer it separately–and for free!  

This pattern is extremely detailed and even includes links to slow-motion video tutorials right in the directions. This is actually a double tutorial because I give the directions twice:  first with the traditional Wrap and Turn method and again with the Japanese Short Row technique.  I learned to Wrap and Turn first, and use that technique in more designs, but I found I prefer the Japanese method!  It is practically invisible!  Whichever method you prefer you can use it when you see the abbreviations W&T (wrap and turn) or JSR (Japanese Short Row).

P.S.   these squares make great coasters…or make a bunch and create a stash busting blanket!