June 4th, 2013

Tusday’s Knitting Tip – Picking Up Stitches Before Ripping Back

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If you make a mistake in your project and you need to rip back, it can be tricky to grab the live stitches and put them back on your needle

In stockinette stitch, identify the row below the row you will want to start re-knitting. Insert your needle under the first strand of yarn in the V that makes up the first stitch of the row on the right side. Continue this down the row, picking up the first strand of yarn in the V and skipping the second leg of the V. You’ll be picking up every other strand of yarn.without dropping any. This week’s tip shows us how to pick up stitches before ripping back so your don’t have to worry about the live stitches unraveling.

In garter stitch, you’ll be doing the same thing. If you stretch your knitting a bit, you can see the same V’s under the bumps of the garter stitch. Insert your needle into the first leg of the V in the garter stitch as well.

Once you have your needle inserted all the way along the row, you can pull the working yarn to rip back the rows above the needle.  The stitches will be sitting on your needle ready to go.

It’s best to use a needle smaller than your working needle to pick up your stitches, but remember to switch back to the original size needle when you start knitting again!









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15 Responses to “Tusday’s Knitting Tip – Picking Up Stitches Before Ripping Back”

  1. Anna Says:

    BRILLIANT! Thanks for the tip!

  2. Annette Says:

    Thank you! this will come in handy :)

  3. Knitgirl Says:

    Brilliant! Why did I never know this before? :-)

  4. Ginna Clark Plude Says:

    I had exactly the same thought Knitgirl!

  5. Rosie Says:

    Absolutely cool…I will remember this!

  6. Nance Freeman Says:

    This will definitely come in handy for me. I am forever dropping stitches or have to many stitches on the needle.

  7. Barbara Cimorosi Says:

    Thanks, you saved what’s left of my sanity.

  8. Suse Says:

    This will save so much time. I wish I knew this years ago!

  9. Nicey59 Says:

    I’ve never seen such a clear illustrations. This is awesome.

  10. Sally Anderson Says:

    I’ve been doing this for a project. But my problem is that I need the top part and not the bottom, so have to tink the bottom part. It’s really a pain!

  11. Shannon Says:

    Whoa, so cool! Thanks!

  12. Minecraft Games Says:

    The details are well-explained and very concise.

  13. Becki Jameson Says:

    I’m making a washcloth using a Celtic-inspired cable stitch that looks like intertwined ropes. Is it possible to do this with all those cable stitches? I’m concerned, as I have to go about 12 rows back!

  14. Becki Jameson Says:

    This is the washcloth I’m making: http://www.yarnspirations.com/pattern/knitting/celtic-cables-dishcloth
    Apparently on row 4 of the pattern I lost track of the order of stitches. Can this project be saved?

  15. WEBS Says:

    It is possible to do this with cables, you’ll just want to be extra careful. Depending on the error and how far along you are, you could try dropping down the stitches one at a time and fixing them that way, or you could pull out the stitches to the row where you noticed the mistake and start again from there.

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