Fixing Knitting Mistakes
There's one problem that drives both new and seasoned knitters crazy: a messy edge stitch. Edge stitches, aka selvedge, are a way to finish off a piece neatly. You never want loose, sloppy stitches, and that's specially true for those first and last ones in your rows.
You know that feeling: You're knitting away and you spot a mistake, but it's waayyyy too far back to fix. You've got to rip back. But help! You don't want to wreck everything you've already done.
I tried unsuccessfully to use magic loop for years. I was discouraged by so many problems, from gaps between rounds to stitches slipping off the needles. I just didn't understand why knitters were so obsessed with this technique.
Sometimes when we make a knitting mistake, we must perform the dreaded ripping out of stitches. This often means tinking, which is just going back a stitch or two — or maybe even a row or two. Other times, the mistake is so massive that we need to frog, which means we're doing some major ripping.
A lifeline will hold your stitches in place so if you need to rip back, there's no chance of losing your work. It's a great tool to have handy when you're approaching a tricky section of your project or when you're trying a technique for the first time.
Knitting problems. We all have them, and we love to complain about them to each other. (That's what stitch groups are for, right?) While knitting problems are minor compared to life's other problems, it can still be frustrating to deal with, say, a sweater you spent half the year knitting that won't even fit over your head.
Frogging knitting hurts my heart. I put in all that hard work only to watch it disappear with a gentle tug of the yarn. And, yes, I have shed many tears over a couple of particularly frustrating projects.
Ditch any anxieties! Learn how knitted fabric really functions, so you can confidently approach any knitting situation, fix nearly any mistake and achieve amazing results.