I think the reason I know how to fix mistakes (and do a pretty fine job if I do say so myself) is I've made many and figured out on my own how to fix or live with the mistake. Enough about mistakes, let get on to fixing.
There are 3 things to consider when determining your repair strategy:
*The properties of the knitter. Are you a beginner or experienced? Are you brave or timid? Does confusion and chaos bring you to tears?
*Properties of the yarn. The plainer the yarn, the easier it is to fix a mistake. The stickier the yarn, the easier it is to fix a mistake. The slipperier the yarn, the harder to fix the mistake. The fineer the yarn, the harder it is to fix the mistake.
* Properties of the pattern. The simpler the pattern the easier to fix the mistake. The more complex, the harder.
There are 4 strategies to use:
*Tinking or knitting backwards. This is the safest but slowest method. The perfect strategy for beginners, slippery yarn or complex pattern.
*Laddering or unraveling the stitch above the mistake to fix then ladder up using a crochet hook.
*Frogging or ripping out the yarn until you get to the mistake. This works better for heavier or stickier yarn. Not at all good for complex patterns or slippery yarn.
* Do nothing and live with the mistake.
You just need to match the appropriate strategy with the 3 properties.
Hopefully, the workers will leave today from fixing our flood. Last Monday when they started they unhooked our main cable box and we lost phone, cable and internet until Saturday when Comcast came and made it all right. Needless to say it has been stressful. Finally, I have the ability to get on line and interact with my beloved Knitting: A Love Story. We will be leaving tomorrow for Atlanta and Thanksgiving with Kathy then on to the Coastal Condo. We'll leave our old Camry and fly home. Then there will be a car for when Jan and her friends fly to Sunset Beach. Even though this has been a stressful year, I have so many things for which to be thankful. Through this tough year, knitting, my knitting buddies and Knitting: A Love Story have been my ports in the storm. My best to all of you for the holiday season. I will be back the first week in December.
As you know Preventing and Fixing Mistakes was introduced at 2018 Ann's By Design Yarn Tasting and continued through two practice sessions. Yes, I did take pictures at the second practice sessions but I'm having a little trouble getting the pictures from my iPad to my MacBook. Technology! But that's another story. I will entertain you with photos that are blasts from the past.
(I think I should intervene for a moment. In my work life, I did 100's of workshops for teachers, business leaders, school administrators and organizations. I ALWAYS started planning my workshops by asking the question "When this is over, what do you want participants to know or be able to do." Even now when I plan a knitting class or start a knitting project, I ask myself that question.)
The first session at Yarn Tasting presented preventing mistakes.
*Do you have the right yarn and right pattern? Only one can be the star. If you have a spectacular pattern, you need plainer yarn. If you have spectacular yarn, you need a plainer pattern. Sometimes fancy patterns and fancy yarns fight each other not make the most of either.
*Understand the pattern before you start. Practice new stitches or techniques before you start the project that way by the time you get to your garment, you are less likely to make pattern mistakes.
*Swatch! Swatch! Swatch! I know you think it's boring but it is so important to not only know you have the right gage but to know you like the looks the fabric you are creating. Does it look too loose or too tight? Now is the time to fix that not when you are half finished and decide you do not like the looks of your fabric.
*Use stitch markers to count stitches, to put between pattern changes, to mark the right side of your garment, to mark an increase or a decrease. It really makes seeing what you have done much easier. One of our students said she thought only beginners had to use stitch markers and she was trying to look like an experienced knitter so she wouldn't use them.
*Look at your fabric regularly. Can you see a mistake? Better to take some time and see the mistake early than to knit 6 inches then see it.
*Count Stitches regularly.
*Measure your fabric regularly. This will keep you from completing your knitting, sewing it together only to find it is too small or too big.
*NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! stop in the middle of a row.
Let's take a break and see a picture.