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Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday Mini Tip: Unpicking stitches & rows

In today's Mini Tip Tutorial I'm going to show you how to unpick several rows of stitches quickly. Many knitters are frightened of unpicking stitches, especially if they need to unpick several rows. If having to unpick involves lace stitches it's even more scary.

Getting used to unpicking stitches is something that only comes with practice. I recommend knitting a small square, then practice unpicking it. Start with stocking stitch then try other stitch patterns.

In the video below I show you how to unpick a row of stocking stitch stitch by stitch and then I show you how to unpick several rows quickly. I'll also show you how to unpick a row of lace knitting, including decreases and how to unpick several rows quickly.

You can also watch the video by clicking on this link.

The easiest way to unpick is to put a lifeline in and rip back to the lifeline but sometimes we don't think we need a lifeline or we forget to put one in. If you've not heard of lines, take a look at my tutorial.

Please ask any questions you have in the comments below. You can see all the previous Monday Mini Tips and other tutorials on my Tutorials page.

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1 comment:

Lesley said...

Thank you for that, you explain things very well. I am reasonably confident at undoing knitting and I recently undid six rows in a manner similar to your multi-row method. It was the first time I had tried undoing rows this way and I did drop a few sts but my trusty crochet hook keyring and some coilless safety pins helped me avoid disaster. I'm planning two lace shawls so I'm definitely going to practise #unswatching on both their swatches.