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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I started working at WEBS in September 2010. I learned how to knit 5 years ago and have been crocheting since childhood. When I'm not knitting, I love to be outside with my Black Lab, Ellie.
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  • Anna

    BRILLIANT! Thanks for the tip!

  • Annette

    Thank you! this will come in handy :)

  • Knitgirl

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

  • Ginna Clark Plude

    I had exactly the same thought Knitgirl!

  • Rosie

    Absolutely cool…I will remember this!

  • Nance Freeman

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

  • Barbara Cimorosi

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

  • Suse

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

  • Nicey59

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

  • Sally Anderson

    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!

  • http://www.orangecloudhandmade.com/ Shannon

    Whoa, so cool! Thanks!

  • http://www.minecraftgames.co/ Minecraft Games

    The details are well-explained and very concise.

  • http://www.youravon.com/bjameson Becki Jameson

    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!

  • http://www.youravon.com/bjameson Becki Jameson

    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?

  • WEBS

    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.