Fixing mistakes in knitting

Published on August 19, 2019 2 min read

Dropped stitch? Ripping back? Need to tink? What are the most common mistakes for knitters and how do you fix them? We've got the answers here in our easy to follow video.

How to tink

Tink is the word knit, backwards, and that is what tinking is, basically - to 'un-knit'. If you realise you've made a mistake just a few stitches back, all you need to do is tink back to fix it!

How to frog

Knitters have a wry sense of humor! Frogging is what we do when we have to 'rip back' a row or more - rip it, rip it, - sounds like a frog, hence 'frogging' back. Take your time with this, and hold your free stitches firmly as you go, between thumb and first finger, to keep them secure. You don't have to be dramatic and pull the yarn free with abandon - frogging is better done steadily and carefully.

Picking up a dropped stitch

When you've dropped a stitch, it isn't the end of the world! All you need is a trusty crochet hook to help you pick it back up. Work along the row to the stitch that has dropped, and use your hook to work the stitch back up row by row, making sure you have it the right way round (purl bump to the back, V shape to the front if you are working in stockinette).

Is the yarn attached to the second stitch?

What's gone wrong if you're about to knit a row and the working yarn is attached to the second stitch but not the first? Looks like the last stitch on the row before hasn't been worked (or has come undone). To fix, simply turn your work around and work that last stitch again - turn and begin the new row.

Got your stitches in a twist?

If you have a twisted stitch, you'll probably know about it! When your stitch is twisted, you'll find it very difficult to knit into the front of that stitch. Don't fear, pick up the twisted stitch on your right-hand needle, turn it back around, pop it back on to your left-hand needle, and resume your knitting. Ahh, that's more like it!

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