Ripping Your Heart

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All sorts of mistakes require that you rip out your knitting. What are they? Inadvertently adding stitches and any other mistake that requires reknitting to fix. How far you have to go depends on the mistake, though. Adding a stitch in the row you're knitting is a relatively painless fix; finding out that you've been knitting the right side stitches on the wrong side of the piece is a bit more cringe-inducing.

If ripping out your work sounds too stressful or like too much work, there are some alternatives for when perfection doesn't matter, no one will know that a mistake has been made (one added stitch in a large afghan, for example), or you don't want to take the time to redo work you've already completed. Here are your options:

I Don't do anything. If you can happily live with imperfections and the mistake doesn't bother you, let it go and keep on knitting.

I When the mistake is a simple added stitch (or two), decrease the same number of stitches in the row you're currently working. Use one of the decreasing techniques in Chapter 6. This is a good alternative when having the extra stitch messes up the pattern and working around it in each row is a hassle.

If the thought of ripping out your knitting is making you a little sick to your stomach, take a minute to laugh at knitting shorthand that online knitters use to refer to ripping out their work: "frog" or "frogging" and "tink." "Tink" is "knit" spelled backwards, indicating you're doing the reverse. Why "frogging"? Because you need to rip it, rip it.

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