Correcting Mistakes in Knitting

When I was a new knitter, I practiced “making mistakes” on small swatches to help build my confidence. It’s much better to work with small swatches, rather than making your first project, only to find a mistake and not know how to fix it.

The examples below demonstrate how to fix mistakes in stockinette stitch, which means you knit one row, purl one row, etc. The fabric has a right side, which is the knitside, and a wrong side, which is the purlside.

The first rule of thumb is to always keep a crochet hook nearby for little knitting emergencies. If you notice a stitch has dropped a few rows, take a deep breath and follow these steps:

Step 1

When working in Stockinette, the easiest way is to work from the knitside, or right side of your work. Insert the crochet hook into the dropped stitch from front to back, under the horizontal strand in the row above.

Step 2:

Hook the horizontal strand above and pull through the loop on the crochet hook. Continue in this manner until you reach the last row worked, then transfer the loop from the crochet hook to the left needle, being careful not to twist it.

Start making mistakes. It’s good for you!

3 Responses to Correcting Mistakes in Knitting

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  2. Hi Kara, hope all is well with you and your family. I am posting about knitting today and hope that it is ok to share a link to your blog and one of your helpful hints!?!
    I have really enjoyed are reference this site a lot, thanks~Penny

  3. Kara says:

    Hi Penny,
    So nice to hear from you!

    Please share away. Please let me know if there are any other tips you’d like me to write about. I’d be happy to do so!

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