Being able to catch and fix knitting mistakes is one of the hallmarks of a Knitting Superstar. It helps you be brave, take on new patterns, and react calmly when something goes wrong (notice I didn't say if). Here are the most common knitting mistakes you'll come across, and their solutions.

Video Knitting Course: Fix Knitting Mistakes

One of the most important things you can do as a beginning knitter in order to advance quickly is learn to recognize and easily fix your knitting mistakes.

With this short guide to the Top 10 Knitting Mistakes, you'll easily be able to fix and avoid every common beginner knitting mistake.


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Fixing a Dropped Knit Stitch

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A dropped knit stitch is very common. Here’s how to recognize it, and two ways to fix it.


Undo Knitting One Stitch at a Time and Remove Mistakes

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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. Pull the yarn out and place the old stitch back on the left needle.



Blog Post: Why Your Cast-On Is Too Tight… And How To Fix It

Too Tight Cast On square crop smBy Liat Gat – Founder / Cast-Ons, Fix Knitting Mistakes / April 22, 2013 / 60 Comments

If your cast-on is too tight, you are probably pulling the wrong yarn as you make each cast-on stitch. When you are doing a Long-Tail Cast-On, tug with your thumb, not your index finger, to tighten the stitches.

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Blog Post: How To Undo Knitting Mistakes And Get Stitches Back On Your Needles

Undo KeyBy Liat Gat – Founder / Fix Knitting Mistakes / September 12, 2010 / 40 Comments

To knit with confidence, you have to know how to undo stitches in knitting, that is, take out your knitting stitch by stitch. You can also take out whole rows of knitting, if you know how to put your stitches back on the needle correctly.

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Blog Post: 5 Ways to Fix A Too-Tight Bind-Off

Use a bigger needle in your right handBy Liat Gat – Founder / Bind-Offs, Fix Knitting Mistakes / February 26, 2014 / 35 Comments

A too-tight bind-off is the Achilles’ heel of the perfect knitted project. It’s the most common complaint I get about bind-offs. Here’s how to avoid and/or fix a too-tight bind-off.

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Blog Post: How To Fix A Dropped Knit Stitch 10 Rows Down

Fix dropped knit stitch 10 rows down square cropBy Liat Gat – Founder / Advanced Knitting, Fix Knitting Mistakes / January 7, 2011 / 26 Comments

If you’ve dropped a knit stitch (or more than one), and it’s way down there, that’s okay. Here’s how to rescue your dropped stitches no matter how far down they are – all without a crochet hook.

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Blog Post: Getting Turned Inside Out… In More Ways Than One

Funny photo of a woman with an inside-out umbrellaBy Liat Gat – Founder / Fix Knitting Mistakes, Magic Loop / December 3, 2010 / 14 Comments

When your Magic Loop knitting gets turned inside out, there’s a very easy fix. In life, it’s a bit harder.

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Blog Post: Common Beginner Mistake: Forgetting to Move Your Yarn

Seed stitch mistake - funky stitchesBy Liat Gat – Founder / Beginner Knitting, Fix Knitting Mistakes / July 20, 2020 / 13 Comments

Recently, a beginning knitter wrote me asking about the confusing mess of yarn on her stitches. Simply put, she had forgotten to move the yarn to the front for purling and to the back for knitting.

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Blog Post: How To Fix a Dropped Stitch on Garter Stitch

Dropped Garter Stitch Red YarnBy Liat Gat – Founder / Fix Knitting Mistakes / April 12, 2011 / 12 Comments

A dropped stitch on garter stitch is a pretty common mistake.

To fix it requires that you combine your knowledge of how to fix both dropped knit and purl stitches. Here’s how.

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Blog Post: Getting Turned Around (Purl Bumps on Outside) on Magic Loop

Getting turned around/inside out on Magic LoopBy Liat Gat – Founder / Fix Knitting Mistakes, Magic Loop / December 5, 2010 / 5 Comments

When you notice purl bumps on the outside of your work, you’ve gotten turned around on Magic Loop. What happened was you forgot to go back to ready position at the end of the round. Here’s how to do it right.

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Blog Post: Recognizing When You’ve Accidentally Slipped a Stitch

By Liat Gat – Founder / Fix Knitting Mistakes, Mistakes and Errors / March 22, 2011 / 5 Comments
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Fixing a Dropped Knit Stitch

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A dropped knit stitch is very common. Here’s how to recognize it, and two ways to fix it.


Fixing a Dropped Purl Stitch

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If you drop a stitch while you’re purling, you can either turn your knitting around and fix it as you would a knit stitch or follow the instructions in this video to fix it while purling.


Undo Knitting One Stitch at a Time and Remove Mistakes

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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. Pull the yarn out and place the old stitch back on the left needle.


Fix a Dropped Knit Stitch 10 Rows Down

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If you’ve dropped a knit stitch (or more than one), and it’s way down there, that’s okay. Here’s a video on picking up your dropped stitches no matter how far down they are – all without a crochet hook.


Accidentally Slipped a Stitch

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How to Put Stitches Back on Your Needles Correctly After Taking Out Several Rows

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Fixing Mistakes on Magic Loop

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Stop Losing Cast-On Stitches – 1st Round of Toe-Up Socks

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The trick to not losing your JMCO (Judy’s Magic Cast-On) stitches on toe-up socks is to twist the tail and working yarn of the second sock together a few times so that the stitches don’t fall off.


Forgot Increases on Fleegle Heel Gusset

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Many people forget to increase on the left side of their knitting when doing the gusset for the Fleegle Heel. All of a sudden you’ve got 19 stitches on one toe-up Fleegle heel and 20 on the other.
To fix it, drop your stitch down and re-add the M1. You can do it!


Removing Knit and Purl Stitches One by One

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How to remove or take out knit and/or purl stitches one by one from your knitting. Fixing knitting mistakes, tinking, taking out stitches, removing mistakes in your knitting.


Removing Socks from Two-at-a-Time Needles to Unravel Then Put Back On

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How to take off one or both socks from your two-at-a-time knitting project to unravel or fix mistakes and then put it/them back on.


Fixing a Dropped Purl Stitch (Free Video)

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If you drop a stitch while you’re purling, you can either turn your knitting around and fix it as you would a knit stitch or follow the instructions in this video to fix it while purling.


Knitting Too Tight

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Knitting too tight can plague even the most accomplished knitters. This video demonstrates two of the most common reasons knitters knit too tight, for both Continental- and American-style knitters.


Twisted Purl Stitches/Wrapping the Yarn the Wrong Way

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While working at my LYS, I never made any friends by doing this, but I couldn’t help pointing out to people that (in addition to whatever mistake they had come to ask me about) they were accidentally twisting their stitches.

Most people don’t even realize they are doing this!

Twisted stitches usually happen when you wrap the yarn the wrong way around your needle when you are purling. I show you how to do it the right way, both American and Continental style.


Put Dropped Stitches Back on Your Needle

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Taking out stitches to undo a mistake is great. But what if you put them back on your needle facing the wrong way?

Here I show you the right way to put stitches back on your needle, and also that it really doesn’t matter – here’s a fast way to turn them around if you’ve got them wrong.


Loop Not Pulled All The Way Through Stitch

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If you ever find something that looks really funny, it might be a loop that didn’t get pulled through all the way.

It’s a funny-looking double-stitch where there should be just one and it almost always happens when your loop of yarn doesn’t get pulled all the way through the stitch. Here’s how to tell.


Getting Turned Around – Going the Wrong Way on Knitting

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Sometimes confusion on your needles can result when you pick up your knitting and start knitting the wrong way. To prevent this, make sure your working yarn is on the right-hand needle.


Mistakes in Ribbing

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Knitting where you should purl and purling where you should knit makes a really obvious-looking mistake in ribbing.

Learning to recognize knit and purl stitches can help you fix this problem.

Also, forgetting to move your yarn to the front or back when ribbing American-style can result in an accidental yarnover on your needle.

Here’s how to fix both problems.


Casting On or Binding Off Too Tight

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A too-tight cast-on can, at best, make your project look a little funny. At worst, you won’t be able to put the garment on.

Socks with a too-tight cast on will not go on your feet, and this usually isn’t something that blocking can fix. If you have trouble with this, you have two choices: you can cast on using a bigger needle, or use two needles held together, as in this video.

Binding off too tightly can have the same frustrating results. Use a bigger needle in your right hand to alleviate this problem.


When You’ve Turned Your Knitting Inside-Out (Magic Loop)

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Going The Wrong Way/Getting Turned Around on Magic Loop

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