I am currently knitting the Worlds Easiest Baby Blanket (gotta get rid of that Homespun, here you take a blanket!), and this issue has come up when knitting washclothes as well.
The pattern is something like this:
Knit first row
K3, yo, knit to end
repeat to X amount of stitches
Decreases: K2,k2tog, yo, k2tog,k to end
rep to 5 sts
My question is that with such a boring pattern, I am bound to forget to yo every once in a while, and I am also bound not to notice for 2-3 more rows. Unknitting is impossible as we are talking 100+ sts, and frogging causes problems with the yos unless I am super careful (and if I were super careful, would I be in this mess in the first place?)
Last night, I was successfully able to undo a missed yo about 3-4 rows down through "open knit surgery". I dropped the sts to the left of the goof and then pulled the sts back up. The trick was that there are increases or something, so it got very confusing. It took like 1 1/2 hrs and I'm still not sure it's right but fortunately I am using Homespun so who can tell anyway. When I was using cotton for dish clothes, you would probably be able to tell.
Is there a smooth or organized way of fixing such a mistake? Be forewarned, once you tell me, I am going to brag to my mom and all my knitting friends and pretend I figured it out on my own