Save Our Stitches: Fixing Knitting Mistakes

3h 28min intermediate Resources

Become a more confident, capable knitter as you learn to recognize and remedy any knitting mistake you make.

Episode descriptions

Introduction & Identifying Stitches
1 . Episode: Introduction & Identifying Stitches

Meet your instructor, Ann Budd, author of more than a dozen popular knitting books and former senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine. Learn how to identify different kinds of stitches in your knitting, read a chart and understand the importance of correct stitch mount.

Counting Rows
2 . Episode: Counting Rows

If you ever lose count of your rows, Ann can get you back on track. Using a practice swatch, learn how to count rows in garter stitch, ribbing, cables and more.

Finding Your Place
3 . Episode: Finding Your Place

Whether you put your knitting down for an hour, a week or a year, you'll be able to find your place in the pattern again if you can "read" your stitches. Ann shows you how!

Mistakes in Basic Stitches
4 . Episode: Mistakes in Basic Stitches

You'll cringe as you watch Ann deliberately drop stitches. You'll breathe a sigh of relief when they're safely back on the needles. And in-between, you'll learn how to fix all those dreaded mistakes that every knitter makes, in garter, stockinette, ribbing and cables.

Edge Stitches
5 . Episode: Edge Stitches

Dropped selvage stitches might seem like a disaster, but once you see how easily Ann picks them up again, you'll know you can, too!

Laddering Down in Lace
6 . Episode: Laddering Down in Lace

Made a mistake in your lace? If it's just a few rows back, you might not have to rip out any rows. Ann demonstrates how to find the stitches you need to repair, drop down to them, make your fix, then work your way back up in pattern.

Ripping Out
7 . Episode: Ripping Out

Yes, sometimes you do have to rip back. Maybe that mistake is several inches back, or you knit the wrong pattern row, or you made multiple mistakes. Ann shows you how to put in a lifeline that "saves" all your good knitting and lets you rip back without going too far. If you don't have a lifeline, all is not lost; see how to pick up live stitches and how to "tink" (or knit backwards) to get your work back on the needle.

Fixes After Bind-Off & Avoiding Mistakes
8 . Episode: Fixes After Bind-Off & Avoiding Mistakes

You've finally bound off and seamed that beautiful sweater. The first day you wear it, you snag it on a nail and rip a hole in it. Don't cry! Ann will show you how to fix not only the hole, but also the mistake you made in the stitch texture and even that wrongly twisted cable. Your careful surgery won't even leave a scar.

About the Teacher

Ann Budd
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