Fixing a mistake after the work is finished

I have completed a kntted throw, which was a difficult one, and found that in the middle of it I had purled about 13 stiches where I should have knitted. If I had to rip out to the point of the mistake I would be ripping out almost the entire work.

Is there a way to add a thread at the beginning and ending of the mistake, cut the mistake out and knit in the correct stich?


No, I don’t think what you’re proposing is possible - too many cut ends. What you can do though is take out the bind off, put the sts back on the needle and when you get to the sts where you purled instad of knit, drop them and pick them up correctly. See the videos for doing this on the Tips page under Fixing mistakes.

When you say take the bind off, you mean rip out the entire work back to where the mistake is?

What do you think about adding in a duplicate stitch to weave in to just over the mistake?

No the bind off/cast off is the last row where you took the sts off the needles. But you don’t need to take all of it out, just back to the stitches above where you made the mistake.

I’ve never done duplicate stitch over another stitch to hide a mistake, but I imagine it would work. Try it, if that’s easier for you to do.

It’s kinda-sorta possible. First, ask yourself whether the mistake is going to drive you nuts if you don’t fix it. Leave it alone for a day or so, folded, and when you unfold it ask someone else whether they see a mistake. If they don’t, forget it.

Whether you can do this depends on the kid of yarn. If you have a little of it left, knit a little swatch of stockinette maybe ten stitches wide and three or four rows long. Purl four or five stitches in the middle so you can try this:
First, stick a needle through the stitches immediately under the mistake so they don’t get loose. Do the same thing to the row on top.
Next, thread some extra yarn–enough to go through three or four stitches on either side of the repair–into a yarn needle.
If there’s a back side to the work, turn to that side and pierce through three or four purl bumps before you want to start the repair. I mean actually go through the yarn, between the plies. If your yarn is thin and slick, tuck a very little bit of flexible stretchable fabric glue (it’s machine-washable) in with the new yarn. You don’t want enough to change the texture–just enough to help lock it in place if the yarn is slippery. thick, rough-textured yarn won’t need this. If the pattern and yarn are such that you can get away with tying and burying a knot, tie and bury one! Now pull the new yarn to the front.

Now take a deep breath, gulp and clip the original yarn beside the mistake. As you slide the new yarn through the correct way, pick the wrong stitches out, one by one. It’s sort of like Kitchener stitch. When you get to the other side of the repair, run through the yarn the same way and tie if you can. Clip off any extra yarn. The temptation to use the yarn you’re picking out is huge, but you won’t have enough to secure it without changing the gauge and making a more obvious spot.

This also works when there’s a hole, tear or dropped stitch because of a yarn break. It isn’t always perfect, but the repair generally holds.

I had been thinking of darning this way but I have never tried it. So this instruction sounds really like what I want to do in case I need to fix something. But I have no experience so I do not want to make you do it.

ONLY fix it, if you can really not stand the way it is. You would hate it if the fixed place looks worse then before, wouldn’t you?

I mean: a purl row CAN look weird but it can also be a mistake just a knitter sees when looking for it.