Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Tinking vs Ripping

I was commenting on Sheila's post below and thought I should share this tip with everyone. Tink is knit spelled backwards and it is the safest, slowest and most frustrating way to unknit your mistakes; one stitch at a time. However, you have to do it that way if you are working lace and some cable patterns. But for stockinette and garter stitch mistakes you can usually rip out your mistakes by the row.

A little ripping out trick I use, take your yarn needle and a contrasting yarn and go back to your last "good" row of knitting. Run the needle and yarn through the stiches of that row. Either run it through the first leg of the stitch or the second leg of the stitch - but be consistent.
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After all of your good stitches are picked up let it rip; pull out all of the bad stitches. When you get back to the good row, place the stitches back on your needles and remove the contrasting yarn. Take a deep breath and knit on.

I have done a lot tinking and ripping, if anyone has any tips on tinking please let me know.


KimT said...

great suggestion. My guild had a little workshop on fixing mistakes and your suggestion re the yarn needle and contrating yarn was one that was suggested for lace patterns. They called it a Lifeline and suggested that you use it every so often in your lace patterns just in case you make a mistake. Great suggesting. We also talked about knitting backards but I like your word better! "Tinking"

Sheila said...

Thanks so much for the helpful tip. I actually mumbled the other night that there's got to be a better way to rip back than ripping one sttich at a time... You are a

Virtuous said...

Hey Bev!!

I actually just learned this trick this past Saturday during my knit group. I call it the "life line" and actually use a needle instead of waste yarn.

Thanks for posting it here! I am sure you have a ton of helpful tricks like this in your arsenal! :o)

Keep sharing them!!

Jscothammerquist said...

Yes, We call it a life line in these parts, very useful if you are working a tricky pattern or knitting lace.
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Adrienne said...

This is a WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL thing!!!!!

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