Knitting - Fixing Mistakes
Dropped stitch, decrease in the wrong place? About to rip the needles out and “frog” the lot … stop, your mistake might be easy to fix on the needles. Stockinette, garter, simple cables and lace, Clare will show you how!
Teacher: Clare Devine
Workshop Duration: Half Day
Description: This class aims to equip you with the skills you need to fix some of the most common mistakes we make as knitters. Not all errors need to prove fatal to your lovely knitting project, many mistakes are easy and simple to fix “on the needles”, meaning you can be back on track in no time.
This practical class will leave you with a fresh perspective on your knitting and equip you with the skills and confidence to shimmy that decrease into the correct direction, catch that dropped stitch before it runs off or switch that miss-crossed cable before it drives you to “knitterly” despair.
You will learn to:
- “Read” your knitting. Learn to identify your knit from your purl, the k2tog from an ssk and quickly orientate yourself in a simple lace or cable pattern.
- Fix dropped stitches easily in stocking stitch and garter stitch.
- Drop down and add / remove / change the direction of various increases and decreases.
- Correct simple cable and lace patterns.
- How, when and why to use lifelines in your knitting.
Materials: Please provide
- Yarn: Clare would recommend selecting something that has a high wool content, is light in colour, tightly spun and smooth. This makes it easiest to read your knitting and see what is happening when fixing mistakes.
This is a great opportunity to use some scraps so feel free to bring along bits from the bottom of your stash box. The most important thing about the yarn is that it is light and not too fluffy. It is more about the process than the finished product.
- 4mm needles of your choice, or the size you would normally use when knitting when knitting double knit yarn, if you are a particularly loose or tight knitter.
- Stitch markers. I would recommend lockable stitch markers in a few different colours.
- 3.5mm / 3.75mm crochet hook.
- Waste yarn – a smooth cotton yarn works well.
- Tapestry or Darning needle.
- 4mm cable needle or 4mm DPN.
Takeaway: Confidence in how to save your stitches!
Level: Beginner / Advanced Beginner / Intermediate. This class is suitable for a wide range of knitters; we all make mistakes in our knitting.
To get the most from this class you should have completed a few knitting projects – none of them need to be overly complicated but it would be helpful if you have had experience of simple decreases (ssk and k2tog), simple increases (yarn over, kfb, M1R and M1L) and basic cables (2/2RC and 2/2LC / C4B and C4F).