If there is one thing a knitter can be certain of, it’s that mistakes will happen. No one is immune to the occasional dropped stich, wrong-slanting cable, or other error and you will never stop making mistakes like these as long as you knit. Why? Because knitters don’t just sit there and stitch (not most of the time, anyhow). We knit while driving a forklift, while training our monkey butlers, or while operating the Tilt-a-Whirl at the fair. Or, you know, while watching television (but let’s pretend we can do that without messing up the knitting). In other words, our attention is usually divided when we are knitting, we are not always looking at the instructions, and we pick up our WIP and put it down again a million times.

The biggest difference between the errors of an experienced knitter and those of a newbie is the ease with which they are fixed. This is not because a less experienced knitter’s mistakes are worse; it’s because experience lends the confidence to manipulate your work without ripping it out.

This series will look at some of the most common errors knitters make and take you through ways to fix them without ripping back the work to the point before the mistake was made. It will also put an end to the practice of putting your work in the “naughty pile” and never to be finished, because you’re not sure what to do about a mistake, or it just seems like an insurmountable bother to even try.


The Error of our Ways