December 20: Ms. Fix It Returns

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A few days ago I shared how to fix a stitch that has dropped all the way back to the cast on. Today I’ll guide you through bind off errors.

Let’s say you are knitting a sweater with a whole bunch of stitches, and we’ll throw in a complicated stitch pattern to boot. You’ve worked it in one piece to the armholes, bound off for armholes, then realized you didn’t bind off the right number of stitches.

As long as you haven’t worked an entire row past this point, you can go back and correct this problem without having to rip out.

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First you have to determine if the problem happened at the side where you started binding off (right side of the gap in the photo) or where the bind off ends (left side of the gap in the photo). We’ll start with the end (left side) because it is the easiest fix.

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First slip the stitches over to the point where the bind off ended.

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If you didn’t bind off enough, simply pull the first stitch over the second to complete another bind off.

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And the result is the same as if you did it right to begin with.


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If you bound off too many, you’ll need to pull out the last bind off.

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It can get a little tricky, and can require pulling one (or both) of the stitches off the needle.

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Once they are uncrossed, place them back on the needle. **Remember these last few steps, because we’re going to visit this again in just a second.


To correct bind off errors on the other side, it isn’t quite as easy.

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As you can see, the effected stitches are not in a spot where you can simply put them back on the needle.

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In order to get things to a point where you can manipulate these stitches, you have to pull out the entire bind off. You don’t have to take out any knitted stitches, just pull out the bind off (**like we just did in the steps above, this is why I told you to remember these steps). Instead of only doing one stitch, we’re going to pull them all out!

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You then make the correction by beginning the bind off at the correct place in the knitting. Simply pull one stitch over the next until the correct number of stitches are bound off. When complete, slip the last stitch over to the left needle.

Sometimes it is easier to tink (unknit) back to the problem area, but often you can just pinpoint the bind off area and make the correction there. The situation and my mood often dictate which plan of attack I choose.

Before you rip next time, you might consider paying me a call first. This is one of the huge benefits of purchasing your yarn at SWAK. We help! Depending on the complexity of your issue, you might want to give us a shout to make sure I’m here in that I am the head Ms. Fix It.

I’d love to tell you that we also fix crochet problems, but the nature of crochet is such that there isn’t much you can do when you make a mistake other than rip out. We can help you avoid making them again, and offer consolation while you rip. There’s always that!

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2 thoughts on “December 20: Ms. Fix It Returns

  1. I didnt like the way thecrown decreases turned out in the hat I’m making. I brought it to SWAK last night and enjoyed snacks and wassail while I merrily ripped out the crown to start it over! There is something about being at SWAK that makes a girl fearless about ripping out, even when working with black yarn.

  2. Thanks for the tips. And thanks for helping me with how to pickup stitches for the thumb. Mittens are done and in the mail.

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