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Old 10-18-2011, 03:30 PM   #1
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After completing 21 rows of a shawlette, somehow I messed up and did not know how to fix the mistake as I could not tell if it was on a purl row or a knit one where the mistake was made. How did some of you learn how to fix mistakes? Nearest yarn shop is about 50 miles from my town
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Old 10-18-2011, 03:34 PM   #2
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I liked doing mistake swatches...Swatches made for the sole purpose of inserting mistakes so I could learn how to fix them...lol
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See if you can recognize some stitch pattern and rip back to one row before that stitch (maybe a recognizable yarn over?), then un-knit one stitch at a time to leave the row that you recognize on the needle.
In order to save yourself this problem in the future, it's a good idea to insert a lifeline. That way, you can rip back to the lifeline, reinsert the needle and know where you are. There's a video on the Tips section of Free Videos called Fixing Mistakes that wil show you how to do the lifeline. Use one every so often and it will help enormously.
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Once you get your bearings again and find your knit or purl row, you could put a safety pin or piece of spare contrast wool on the knit side of your work, then you will always know which side you are on, tying a piece of contrast wool (or marker) every 6 rows (or whatever your repeat pattern is ) helps too, if you make a mistake you are only repeating 6 rows.
Hope this makes sense!
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:42 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by scotia View Post
Once you get your bearings again and find your knit or purl row, you could put a safety pin or piece of spare contrast wool on the knit side of your work, then you will always know which side you are on, tying a piece of contrast wool (or marker) every 6 rows (or whatever your repeat pattern is ) helps too, if you make a mistake you are only repeating 6 rows.
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Keep you eye on the V's and bumps..I am not sure of the pattern you are using (garter, stockinette etc ) or are you using straights or in the round? Anyway, when you find you boo boo I always use a smaller size needle (than the one your working with) and pick up my stitches are re start..
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