I am making a pair of socks as a gift. I have made a horrible mistake, and need some help figuring the best way to rip back. The thought of ripping back on these teeny tiny sock stitches is paralyzing me.
I am making Lucy Neatby's Mermaid Socks, with garter stitch short row heel. The heel is knit with the other end of the ball of yarn .. once the heel is done, you go back to the main yarn to cointue the round. Here is where the pattern resumes, as well, on the instep.
The pattern is a spiral rib (k2, y0, k2, k2tog). I am off on the instep pattern by one or two stitches. I believe this happened because of a stitch migrating from one of the heel needles to the instep needle. (yeah, I did it when I dropped some stitches, I think).
Trouble is, I didn't realize it until I was several rows into the foot, as it takes awhile for the pattern to 'even out' enough to really see it. Then I was somewhere with nothing to do, so I just kept knitting -- I guess I was in denial.
I really need to go back and fix it. I'm not sure how I can pick up all of those little stitches, though. I really really don't want to frog the heel. When I resumed knitting with the main yarn, I wove in the tail of the heel yarn (placing tail yarn over the needle, knitting the stitch, then removing the tail yarn, knitting next stitch like normal, etc.).
If I frog the main yarn back, do you think that knit-in part would magically stop the unravelling? Failing that, is it possible to put in a lifeline after the fact, with a tapestry needle and some fishing line?
The heel took me 5 hours to do (my first short row, and I'm a slow knitter), so I really really don't want to rip the heel out.
Pics of the mistake are below. Thank you for helping to save my sock: