How to Avoid Ripping Out Stitches
Ripping out stitches can be distressful when knitting or crocheting, but you can avoid having to rip out stitches under a few circumstances.
When stitch perfection doesn’t matter.
When no one will know you’ve made a mistake.
When you don’t want to take the time to redo work you’ve already completed.
Here are your options to ripping out your work:
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.
When the mistake is a simple added stitch (or two), decrease the same number of stitches in the row you’re currently working. 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 some 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 opposite of knitting. And frogging? Because you need to rip it, rip it!