Ripping back your knitting can sometimes be a stressful activity. When you've spent time working on your piece only to find that something isn't quite right...perhaps a dropped stitch or a needle slips out, etc.
Before I learned this technique, I used to try carefully slipping my needle out and hoping I could pull out a few rows and slip the needle back in. Most of the time I would just end up frogging the whole thing!
This tutorial will show you how to insert the needle first and rip back to where the needle is...are you ready? Let's all take a deep breath and continue. I promise it will be stress-free.
This tutorial was made because this happened the other day,
Yup. Right in half...in the middle of a row too,
My lovely and prized rosewood needles, snap! Right in half.
A few stitches were dropped in the process, so I though it would be the perfect opportunity to show you this technique. Note: even if you have no needle to pull out, you can still do this, just be careful not to unravel it at all if possible while working the other needle through all of the stitches.
Begin by inserting the needle into a stitch a few rows down. Stockinette makes a little "V" shape, be sure you insert the needle into the right side of the "V"
Next, continue across the row, inserting the right part of each "V"
Go all the way across the entire row.
And now for the moment of truth...pulling that needle out.
Let's all take a deep breath...we can do it!
Not so bad, right? Next, you can start gently pulling. I think this part is kind of fun.
Pull until reaching the needle. It will stop when you reach it. All done! Hooray! One more thing I wanted to mention, If you rip back and the working end of the yarn is on the wrong end of the needle, just slip the stitches to another needle so that the yarn will be aligned properly.