I finally conceded that I would not be able to figure out the sleeve short row instructions on my own. Good call, as it happens, because when I went to my LYS for help (thanks to Laura at Lettuce Knit), I was amazed by how off I actually was. It's like, in reading the language of Knitting, I am only occasionally fluent.
The happy news is that I managed to create a sleeve cap with short rows. It took 90 minutes of constant work. In that span, while I short rowed MANY times, I actually only completed one actual sleeve row. (Again, the concept is so whack!)
In my travels, I have found some excellent info about short rows. Sadly, none of the sources (below) could help me to understand my actual pattern instructions. What I will say is that the wrap and turn method is in no way difficult to perform. And it works. For me though, when I can't understand exactly what outcome I'm trying to achieve - and when the pattern comes with next to no useful technical drawings and spells things out in 15 words (all of them abbreviated) - it's very challenging. Note: In my brief experience of knitting patterns, they're pretty well all like that.
At any rate, you really should bookmark these:
- TechKnitting is an awesome new-to-me blog. The writer knows her shit! She's like a structural engineer of knitting. Really, for one brief moment, I actually understood what I was doing and why. Of course, it was merely a brief glimpse at the other side...
- Knitting Help is always an excellent source of technique videos.
- LunaKnits does a great video showing 3 different styles of short rowing. Wrap and turn is merely one way of achieving the goal.
- If you want to go all out and change up your sleeve pattern to include short rows (let's just say I see this as a distant possibility), Knitty can help.
- Knotions provides the only short row tutorial that actually shows you how to create and position short rows for bust shaping (in a pull over sweater). This is very useful info for those of us with tits who need to shape a simple shell.
- Finally, Fit Your Knits, an awesome Craftsy course taught by Stefanie Japel, goes through a module that expands on the Knotions link above. Among numerous other fitting techniques, it provides a bonus module to show you how to measure yourself to determine where exactly to insert your short rows - and how big to make them. I believe there's even information about how to short-row bust-shape on a cardigan. This course is not free but it's entirely worth the money. (I only hope that the new Craftsy platform facilitates using the course without video streaming delays.)