How do you fix knitting mistakes like having an extra stitch?

Question by Waterblitz365: How do you fix knitting mistakes like having an extra stitch?
Or having dropped a stitch? I also want to know how to go backwards in your knitting.
and one more thing. I want the proper way to fix it. If i realize say 10 stitches down. I don’t want to simply let that stitch go.

Best answer:

Answer by Kristen S
i always just had my mom fix it… but really you could ignore it if you’re using puffy yarn, cuz you cant really tell.

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6 Responses to “How do you fix knitting mistakes like having an extra stitch?”

  1. Caper says:

    If you have an extra stitch, just reduce it the next time you come to it. To reduce a stitch, just knit two of the loops on your needle together as if they are one loop. If you have too few stitches, just increase by one. I hope you know how to increase, because it’s hard to explain. If you do increase or decrease by a stitch now and then, it shouldn’t show, and yes, that is the proper way to do it. If you do it a lot, or if your yarn is very smooth, it will show and you’ll just have to pull out the stitches you made until you get back to your mistake. Fixing a dropped stitch is important, but fairly easy. Just find the dropped stitch, and “hand knit” it upwards looping forward and backward until you get to the top. It’s so hard to explain knitting techniques in words. I hope this helps.

  2. Miz T says:

    The web site likely to be most helpful with knitting questions is–see the link below in Sources. The Knitty article is particularly helpful in deciding which correction is needed. There are several other helpful sites, with explanations and illustrations, as well.

    Meanwhile, to answer your questions:

    Extra stitch: Count your stitches at the end of every row to minimize the number of rows you’ll have to correct. For new knitters, the last stitch on a row may enlarge and appear to be 2 stitches at the beginning of the next row. Look first at that stitch to see if it was knitted as 2 stitches. Or you might have picked up an extra stitch with a “yarn over” or increased in the wrong place. Look at the stitches while you are counting them to see if the location of the error is apparent. When you find it, “un-knit” back to that point and correct the error. “Un-knitting” is also known as “tink”ing (tink is knit spelled backwards). It is done by placing the point of your left-hand needle into the loop on your right-hand needle that is *below* the first stitch on the right-hand needle, lifting that stitch off, and releasing the yarn. At that point, your work is back to where it was before the last stitch was made. Continue until you are at the error, then make the necessary correction; then start knitting normally again.

    Dropped stitch: Counting your stitches at the end of every row will minimize problems caused by dropped stitches. If you do drop a stitch, you can “ladder” it back up to the working row, following the correct pattern. On the knit side, you’d put the point of a needle through the free loop from front to back, catch the yarn “rung” from the row above, and pull it through the loop. Go up the “ladder” and repeat the procedure as many times as necessary. If you’re working in garter stitch or other pattern, you’d fix knit stitches by inserting the needle point from front to back and purl stitches by inserting the needle point from back to front.

    Knitting backwards: The bottom Source link is to a Knitty article on the topic and there are several YouTube videos on the topic. Here’s one:

    P.S. Even in stockinette or garter stitch, a knitter should count stitches at the end of every row. Even experienced knitters, after many years of knitting, gain or lose stitches often enough to make counting less time-consuming than fixing is (“There’s never enough time to do it right, but there’s always plenty of time to do it over.”).

  3. mickiinpodunk says:

    How you fix an extra stitch may depend on where it is in the row and how it got there. While a stitch in the center of a row can be dropped (it will only run to the point where it was created), at the edge of a row it’s always better to rip back to where it was made and reknit from there, since dropping it will cause a loopy edge and knitting it together will show as a bump on the edge of the fabric.

    To go back a few stitches or rows, it’s easiest to pick back, turn the work around and pick up the stitch from the row below the needle and drop the stitch on the needle off. To go back several inches, take the empty needle or another smaller diameter needle and insert the needle tip into the right hand edge of every stitch across the row. Take the needle where the stitches knit last are and just pull it out and pull the yarn back to the second needle. You may have to pick some stitches back this way if you didn’t get all the stitches picked up in the same row.

    To pick up a dropped stitch you need a crochet hook. All knitters need a few of these in a small, mid-range, and large size hook for different weights of yarn. If you are doing stockinette stitch, simply pick up the dropped stitch from the public side and hook each *ladder* through as you work up, pick these up in order for the work to look most even. For garter stitch you need to work on each side, picking up the ladders one at a time on opposite sides of the work. Any irregularity will block out when you wash the garment or item in the finishing process.

  4. vnelson85 says:

    this website will show you how to fix common errors like dropped stitch.

    it depends on how many extra stitch you have, what i do when i increased by mistake is that i take my needles out and pull on the yarn until im where the increase was, then with smaller needles you simply put the stitch back on your needle.

    its half way down under fixing mistakes.

  5. certificationhelp says:

    Here is a great tutorial with step by step illustrations on how to fix common knitting mistakes:

  6. chicarigo says:

    Hm, sorry, I’ve always just had my mom fix it for me also :] But you could try ignoring it, sometimes you really can’t tell!

    Take a look?

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