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Old 09-06-2007, 02:41 PM   #1
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HELP! Can you take out a whole row and re-do it??

I am knitting in the round...all is going good and it is looking perfect. I actually put it away and havent touched it in a week or so but I decided to get back on it.

So I continue on from where I left off (the start of a new row) and I finish the row only to realise That the side that is suppose to be on the outside is on the inside and the bumpy side is on the out?!?

I REALLY dont feel lik scrapping this because I am so far along and it was looking good, Is there a way to take out a whole row????
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Old 09-06-2007, 02:47 PM   #2
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For just a row, do it stitch by stitch. Put your left needle into the st below the first on on your right needle and let the letting the stitch fall off the right needle. Basically un-knit it. Continue around. What you probably did was pick up your work and knit the wrong direction. In circular knitting, the yarn should be on the right needle.
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Old 09-06-2007, 03:02 PM   #3
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Ok! PHEW! Thanks!!!
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Old 09-06-2007, 03:10 PM   #4
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that's basically the only way i can undo my knitting. i love frogs (the ribitting kind), but when it comes to my knitting we just don't get along. the one time i attempted it, i was knitting a (flat) hat with a CO of 99 sts. i don't remember what i did wrong, but i realized i had to go back a few rows. i layed it out on the ironing board and pinned down the lower body so it wouldn't slide off. i was sooo careful. then i put the stitches back on the needle. i really thought i had done everything right. but somehow i realized i had twisted the stitches wrong or something. i think i may have even knit a few rows on top of it. either way, i just ended up ripping the whole thing out and starting over. it's a good think i really liked that hat (and was actually sick a few days during the process, so that gave me something to do), or i may have just given up.

all that to say, it happens to ALL of us without exception!
they even have a cool name for undoing a st at a time - TINKing.
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Old 09-06-2007, 03:13 PM   #5
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Yep, I do it a stitch at a time for one row, too. If I'm making something that I am more likely to make an error on I use a lifeline. That way if you have to rip back you don't lose your stitches.

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Old 09-06-2007, 04:05 PM   #6
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...and I finish the row only to realise That the side that is suppose to be on the outside is on the inside and the bumpy side is on the out?!?
You may also have inadvertently turned your work inside out, then when you picked it up you knit the row correctly but it all looks wrong since your purl side is now the "public" side. If your whole piece on the outside is bumps but should be the smooth Vs of stockinette, you need to turn your piece inside out again so your knit stitches are on the public side - just stuff it into the "hole" of the center the needles and it will be right side out again. Then continue on.

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Old 09-06-2007, 04:47 PM   #7
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Tinking is great, but when you have to do it for multiple rows it can get tiresome. I use to dread ripping, but an experienced friend passed a great hint on to me. I was always afraid of how I put the needles back through the stitches, because there is a right and a wrong way. But my friend said, "Don't worry how you pick them up, just get them back on the needle." Then she taught me to notice each stitch as you do it and if it is on backwards just work into the back of the stitch and that will straighten it out. It may seem hard to tell, but after just a little while you will just be able to do it at regular knitting speed, or close to it. Notice how a correct stitch looks and let that guide you. This really saved my bacon. Using a smaller needle to pick up stitches also makes it a little easier, then knit off with your regular needle.
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Old 09-06-2007, 04:53 PM   #8
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I think, personally, it's a good idea to make some mistakes on a practice piece and then practice fixing them. Drop a stitch and learn how to pick it back up and knit up the column with a crochet hook.

Practice tinking or knitting back several sts and then learn what twisted sts look like. They aren't a problem cuz you can just knit twisted sts through the back loop and that fixes them.

Examine your knitting so you know what it looks like when it's done correctly so you can identify and fix mistakes. It really is a good skill to have when you find a mistake 8 inches below where you are now. Fixing takes less time to do than ripping it all back and "starting over."

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Old 09-06-2007, 05:23 PM   #9
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I would tink back stitch by stitch for that problem. But thinking back to my earlier days of knitting, I didn't know my stitches enough to know when one was twisted, so even tinking back could get you twisted stitches. I occasionally pick up the wrong loop when tinking back, but I don't worry too much since I know my stitches and can just see that I need to knit into the back. As a beginner though, I would either frog it and start over or decide that a purl row is a part of the design... The mistakes really helped me learn though!
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