View Full Version : how to fix dropped kfb stitch
07-17-2008, 11:56 AM
I'm working on the Jaywalkers (or maybe they are working on me) and I keep dropping one of the kfb stitches at the beginning of a repeat. Then it runs down to the previous row and I can't for the life of me figure out how to run it back up correctly. Everything I've tried has resulted in a hole and a y.o. :(
Anyone know how to fix those when you drop them? I have tinked and ripped until my yarn is ragged.
Jan in CA
07-17-2008, 01:12 PM
Sorry, I don't especially since it's an increase. What you might do though is use a lifeline regularly so if you have to frog back you don't have to completely start over. Move it up every 5 rows or so as you see fit.
I use unwaxed dental floss. You can use waxed, but it kind of sticks to the yarn and needles. That may be a good thing in some cases though. Oh and make sure it's long enough. I tie the ends together in a knot so it doesn't pull out.
07-17-2008, 04:01 PM
Did you actually work the kfb so that all the yarn you need is still there? And do you catch the mistake on the very next round? This is for a sock right? I did a super mini sock to see if I could retrive a kfb. I managed it and here is what I did. I had made a kfb at the beginning of the needle change and then let it fall off and undo. When I came around to it again here's what I did.
Take a double pointed needle and run it front to back through the 1 loop from the stitch of the previous round. Now pick up the longish loop that is hanging there that all needs to go to make this Kfb, and hold it behind so you can knit with it. Take another dpn and knit into the stitch, using that little loop as your yarn. You may also be able to reach behind and knit into the back of the loop the same way.
If you can get the first part but not the knit in back that way, after you have knit into the front of the stitch with the dpn and drawn up that first loop, put that loop on a crochet hook (insert the hook just like the dpn came out), and keeping the movements in mind for a regular knit in back, use the crochet hook as your RH needle and do the knit in back with the hook. You now have two loops on the hook, transfer them back to the needle they should be on and knit them as you are supposed to.
If you forgot to do the kfb altogether I think it would be too hard to scrape together enough yarn to fake this. If it is back more than one round it would probably work the same way, just rip back to the spot and do as above and then use the crochet hook to get back to your present round. I didn't try this though. Maybe not so easy.
I did my sample with worsted weight yarn and size 5 needles. The rub may be with tiny yarn and needles everything may be so small you need fairy fingers to manage it. :-)
WOW! I've missed a Kfb before, too and couldn't figure out how to fix it! Way to go, Merigold! Thanks for this valuable tutorial! Maybe you could post it in the user-post video section that's going to be coming. (Or is it here already?)
07-18-2008, 02:05 AM
Oooh, a video would be awesome! :poke: :mrgreen:
I did manage to tink back to my mistake, and as Jan suggested, I put in a lifeline. I not only used waxed floss, it is minty fresh also. :teehee: But I realized that threading a lifeline in those tiny stitches is a PITA. I am not sure I'll be doing it every 5 rows...
If I drop another stitch... WHEN I drop another stitch, I am going to try Merigold's suggestion step by step!
It's MUCH easier to put in a lifeline AS you knit. I usually put the floss (or crochet thread) in the hole in my KPOs. If you don't have KPOs, you can thread it along your needle after you finish a row.
07-18-2008, 10:47 PM
Right now I am using DPNs, and they are so tiny, that was why it was hard to get in the lifeline. I like the threading through the KPO hole though. ;)
07-20-2008, 11:45 AM
Gina and Maureen, What is a KPO? KPO hole? I can't figure it out and it is not listed in the commonly used abbreviations. :-) TIA Merigold
07-20-2008, 12:35 PM
KPO is an abbreviation for Knit Picks Options, the cable needles that are interchangeable. The cable has a tiny hole in it for a little key to tighten the needles. If you are using these needles, you can thread dental floss or fine yarn through that hole and tie it on, pulling the lifeline thru automatically as you knit.
Not a weird knit-purl-over stitch you haven't heard of!!! :teehee:
If you haven't tried the Options, I highly recommend them. They are very reasonably priced and I loooove them! For the sock I am using KP DPNs, though, so I have to thread the lifeline thru stitch by stitch.
You can check out the KPOs here (http://www.knitpicks.com/knitting+needles.html).