Video notes to accompany the Error Correction class.

On the Needle Repair

Many errors can be corrected in the course of knitting, as you encounter them on the following row.

Incomplete Stitch

Stitch Worked into Row Below

Split Stitch

Dropped Stitch

Knit/Purl Errors

Incorrect Decrease or Increase

Dropped Yarn Over

Drop Down Repair

In some instances single stitches may be dropped down and unravelled without taking back the entire row. This repair will not work for omitted decreases or increases, or in any other situation where there will be more or less yarn than needed to complete the unraveled stitch.

Stockinette Stitch

Edge Stitches

Garter or Knit/Purl Stitch Patterns

Wide Sections of Stitches

Ripping Back

Sometimes you have no choice but to rip back. If only a row or two need ripped back, it is best to leave the stitches on the needle and take the work back one stitch at a time. The term TINK is often used to describe this project, which is KNIT spelled backwards!



If multiple rows need to be ripped back, it is faster to pull the work from the needle and unravel.

Life Line

Periodically placing a life line will assist greatly with placing the unravelled stitches back on the needle.

Duplicate Stitch Repair

This advanced method of error correction can be applied in instances where other repairs may not be feasible.

The Duplicate Stitch Repair method may be used to repair multiple rows, and even recreate areas where stitches are completely missing but naturally that makes this type of repair even more difficult to accomplish. It is best to tackle multiple row repairs using a different length of contrasting waste yarn for each row.

Non-Correctible Errors

Unfortunately some errors can not be corrected and will require ripping back to the point of the error, or in some instances starting completely over. Examples of these type errors include:

Omitted Increases/Decreases, or any other situation where the number of stitches or need yarn varies from what is being repaired. This situation will result in too much/not enough yarn to complete the repair and will be very noticeable if a repair is attempted. You must rip back to the point of the error to make a correction.

Short Rows -Dropped short row wraps may be corrected, but missing or inadvertent short rows can not be repaired. You must rip back to the point of the error to make a correction.

Dropped Cast On Stitch – While it is technically possible to correct a stitch that has completely dropped back to the point that the cast on stitch has unravelled, it can be extremely difficult and tedious to accomplish. Usually when this occurs it is just as efficient to start over!