I learned how to knit... yippee but many mistakes... help please

sharon620January 5, 2009

Hello Everyone and thank you for all your help! I think I got the art of knitting down.

I do have a question though, When making a mistake in crocheting you can easily go back and correct it. How do you do this with knitting when the stitch is already on the right needle?

I am just starting out so there are alot of mistakes...lol

thanks for all your help and suggestions!


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Without knowing what mistakes you're making it's pretty impossible to say how to fix them. If you have dropped a stitch, that's fairly easily fixed with a chrochet hook. If you will look at the 'place' where the stitch should have been, you'll see a bunch of pieces of yarn, like rungs of a ladder, above where you can see the dropped stitch loop. Simply place the little loop that is your dropped stitch over the closest rung and pull the rung through with your hook, then do the same all the way up the ladder till you reach the knitting needle, where you will place the loop(dropped stitch). You can also purposefully drop a stitch and let it 'ladder down' to where you made some sort of a mistake...correct your error (stitch twisted? etc) and then go back up the ladder as above. This is with stockinette stitch knitting..if you've done some sort of a fancy pattern, then you'll need to go up the ladder using the stitch that should be on each row...if it's a purl stitch then put the slipped stitch loop behind the rung when you pull it through, to make a purl replacement rather than a knit. Hope this is understandable. I'd suggest you knit up a little swatch of a couple inches, purposfully drop a stitch, let it 'ladder down' an inch or so, and then practice picking it up. This is something you'll need to know how to do as we ALL drop stitches occasionally.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2009 at 9:38AM
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Sharon, I could have written your question. Everyone who learns to knit should also take a class in fixing errors because everyone makes them. You are so right--crochet is easy to unravel and fix, but not so for knitting.

I often knit backwards, taking out stitch by stitch until I reach the error. You have to be careful not to twist stitches doing this. Or I've even pulled the needle out, unraveled past the error, and then using a smaller needle re-insert it into the stitches. Practice makes perfect, and believe me, I've had a LOT of practice! LOL!

I saw three books on Amazon recently, and I was thinking of getting one for myself:

Knit Fix
The Knitting Answer Book
When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters

    Bookmark   January 5, 2009 at 1:02PM
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It is easy to just unravel the one stitch if you see that a few rows down you purled when you should have knit or vice versa, or the yarn split so that a ply of the yarn is hanging loose. Just follow Sandra's complete explanation. I bet knittinghelp.com has a video to demonstrate it.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2009 at 6:34PM
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