View Full Version : Frogging?

10-31-2007, 03:34 AM
Hello Knittinghelpers,

Now then, am just about following the transatlantic terminology. Have read a lot about 'frogging' recently - this is unpicking your work right?

I go about this is a slow and painstaking way - bearing in mind I am an English knitter. I hold the work as normal and point the left needle through the stitch below the first stitch on the right hand needle. I then slip this onto the left needle and pull the leading thread out of the top of this stitch with right hand. This can take hours - but at least the work never leaves the needles. It doesn't really work for cable terribly well.

What do you do? Quicker / better / just different?
Frogging - why so?
Have many people asked this question over and over again?

10-31-2007, 03:55 AM
Frogging it a slang term used for anytime you have to undo your work. It comes from saying "Rip it, Rip it".
Unpicking indivdual stitches can work if you only have to go back a few stitches. But if you have to go back several rows, ripping it out -- or Frogging -- may be the way to go.
Some people put life lines in every few rows so if they do have to frog, they just frog to the life line and then just pick up the stitches on the life line. Others are comfortable frogging to a row before the mistake then unpicking the row that needs correcting. Many ways to frog:frog:

10-31-2007, 05:56 AM
For me frogging is ripping a few rows at once. When you just go a few stitches - that's TINKING (knit in reverse is tink).:frog: Sometimes you just have to do it :waah:

Karrying Kolor
10-31-2007, 06:08 AM
...of using a Life Line from the start of each repeat of more intricate patterns just in case! If I'm just working stockinette and have to go back a few rows, I'll use a tapestry needle and run a line through the stitches below the error and frog it. Other wise, like you, I will work backwards and re-insert my left needle through the lower stitches on the right to correct an immediate error. Since it's stays on the needles I like to call it Tinking, :)

10-31-2007, 02:54 PM
I am also a big lifeline user either on intricate pieces or things that are hard to tink or things where it's hard to tell where you are in the pattern, even if the pattern itself is easy to knit.

10-31-2007, 05:46 PM
I agree with using a lifeline before frogging. It doesn't take very long to do and can save you a lot of heartache later. I like to think of it as 'insurance' and it gives me the confidence to take the yarn off the needle, which can be very scary!

10-31-2007, 06:38 PM
superb tips these. It would be handy to see some pictures of a lifeline in action - I wonder if anyone here can help. I get the idea of the tapestry needle and yarn business but would really like to see how you pick back up again easily....

I may already have mentioned that I am in the last throes of a death by cable cardi - more cabling than is good for a person. I can live with a few mistakes as there really is too much cable to notice. It would have been brilliant to have inserted some of these life line things - so please if you have any pictures let me know.

Just one lengthy button band and then the buttonhole band and some making up to go.... I am finding it hard to put it down and sleep. Tonight I sat still for so long my legs went to sleep and I had to limp around for 20 minutes before attempting to go up stairs. This cannot be good for a person. I WANT TO FINISH THIS NIGHTMARE PROJECT!

Karrying Kolor
10-31-2007, 07:54 PM

Check out Amy's video under "Fixing Mistakes" near the bottom of this links page!! :)
http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips?searched=lifeline&highlight=ajaxSearch_highlight+ajaxSearch_highligh t1

11-01-2007, 04:03 AM
Thank you - should of couse have chekced this out before asking all these daft questions. I suppose you just use a smaller guage of thread to avoid your lifeline affecting your tension in any way.

I have learnt much in the last couple of weeks.

Thanks again