Everyone makes mistakes.
One of the most annoying knitting problems you probably face from time to time is not knowing how to undo them.
Alternatively, once your stitches are unraveled, you may not know whether you’ve gotten them back on the needles correctly.
I’ve made you two videos to clarify the correct way to undo your stitches, and I explain why you shouldn’t worry about getting your stitches back on the right way at first.
Tinking or Frogging: Undo Knitting One Stitch At A Time
“Tinking” (knitting spelled backwards) just means undoing one knitted stitch at a time and placing the old stitch back on the left needle. Here’s how to do it:
To undo knitting one stitch at a time, insert the left-hand needle from front to back into the stitch that is directly below the stitch on your right-hand needle.
(Gasp) How to Undo Knitting A Few Rows At A Time
When you need to undo more than a few rows, it’s fastest to remove the needle(s) and pull your yarn out, undoing all the rows at once.
Here’s how to put your stitches back on the needles when you’re done unraveling:
If the recovered stitches are facing the wrong way,
just knit them through their back loops.
Yay! Now you can un-knit with confidence and unravel with grace!
Just keep this in mind: messing up is part of knitting, and the faster you can fix your mistakes, the happier you will be.
- “Tinking” on Magic Loop — How to Undo Knitting in the Round
- How To Fix a Dropped Stitch on Garter Stitch
- How to Fix a Dropped Knit Stitch 10 Rows Down
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