How to Rip Out Knitted Lace

Rip out knitted lace when you discover dropped stitches. Ripping out knitted lace can be difficult because of lost time. Just grit your teeth and carefully rip out the lace — otherwise, the overall pattern will be off kilter.

Take your time when picking up the dropped stitches. A lace pattern's yarn overs and decreases can be tricky to catch, so be careful.

Lifelines are truly a lifesaver when ripping out lace. Get your hands on a slick, smooth strand (such as embroidery floss or cotton yarn) that won’t rub colored fibers onto your knitting. Use a needle to thread the lifeline through the last row of stitches below your mistake. If you accidentally tear out more than you intended, you can put stitches back onto your needle from the lifeline.

Now take a deep breath and let 'er rip:

  1. Rip out as far back as you need to in order to fix the mistake.

    You can either rip out stitch by stitch or row by row, depending on how far back you made your mistake.

  2. Slowly take out one more row, pulling the yarn gently from each stitch one at a time and inserting the empty needle into the freed stitch before it has a chance to disappear.

    This method helps you catch all the yarn overs and decreases.

  3. Check that your stitches have ended up in the ready-to-work position.

    Also, if your pattern is purled on all wrong-side rows, try to make the purl row the one you pick up from.

  4. Read the last pattern row and compare it with the stitches on your needle.

    Make sure that they’re all there and all yarn overs and decreases are in the right place.

  5. Start working on your pattern again, where you left off.

    And be careful!

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