Frogging question

I’m making a baby blanket, and messed up a row. I need to go back 3 rows to get to the row before the mistake. I’ve watched the video for it, and understand what I am supposed to do, but have a question. In the video, it appears that there is a stitch left on the needle that is “extra”…that is, it appears that the working yarn strand is between the last stitch on the needle and the one before it. I thought that you would want to end up with the working yarn as the very last stitch on the needle, and am very confused. :??

Are my eyes playing tricks on me, or is there something that I’m missing? If anyone could check out the video and explain to me how the last stitch or two is supposed to be, I’d really appreciate it.

Thanks a million! :smiley:

Oh yes, and leave it to me…I’m only 2 inches away from having it done - and I go and make the mistake now! :doh:

I had never watched this video, but I just did and I see what you mean. I think it’s a mistake on Amy’s part, not a part of the technique. The point was to show how to pick up the stitches. She probably missed that last one or went down one row too many, not a big deal.

Usually if I really hafta frog, I’ll do it one stitch at a time…it’s like knitting backwards, or un-knitting. My LYS owner will actually take the needle out and frog that way. I’m too chicken for that!

Well, I did it. I used the technique in Amy’s video, and it worked pretty well. The only problems I had were on the borders (which are garter stitch) and I honestly could not tell which loops to work in -and did get off a row on both ends. One end was easily fixed by transferring stitches to another needle and ripping a little further. The other end had me totally baffled…the only thing I can think is that I got 2 or 3 stitches on a different row than the rest, 'cause the last stitch was fine, but the 2 before it had little loops sticking up. The more I looked, the more confused I got, so I just pulled the loops to the back, worked a couple of stitches together, and went on. All that is really visible is a strand of yarn about 1/2 inch long on the back side, so I figured that was close enough.

The stockinette I did real well with - I have to admit I was proud of myself, what with this being my first attempt at this.

I couldn’t figure out why I had so much trouble with the garter stitches, though…in the video, it was perfectly clear - but when I went to my garter stitch borders, it was SO unclear. LOL!!

Any tips for frogging garter stitch, or is it just practice, practice, practice?

Thanks again for all the help! :smiley:

I’ll use this method with stockinette, but if I have ribbing or garter, I’ll just rip out until a row before I want to be, then pop one stitch out at a time and put my needle in. I often end up with twisted stitches, but that can be easily fixed as I knit the next row.

Okay, I realize I’m replying to an ancient post but I am SO thankful that there was a suggestion on how to deal with frogging the garter stitch. I, too, was having HORRIBLE troubles inserting my needle into a destination row on garter stitch (unless I see it, I don’t get it) so I could “safely” frog this gobs of stitches item.

Ingrid, I am totally going to try your suggestion. I was so worried about losing a stitch if I frogged all the way. Now, I’ll just frog to one row before the final frogged row and try your insert method.

Keeping my fingers crossed! And Thank heavens for archived messages!

That’s how I do it. Also, don’t worry if the sts are twisted as you put them on the needle. Just get them ON, then place them the correct way when you reknit that row.

Thanks. At first I was a little worried cause I KNEW I was twisting stitches all over the place putting them back on the needle but I forged ahead and, as you noted, worried more about just getting all those little boogers back ON the needle.

I’m SO very happy to say that I DID IT! All umpteen million of those little boogers. Now, I’ll knit the next row and try and untwist the twisted stitches as I come across them. THEN I"m going to utilize that magic LIFE LINE thingy. I’ve never used one. Now I know why people do. With big projects, it makes life MUCH nicer.

Thanks again to all the support and help. NOTHING replaces’s forums (and videos) for being THE go-to place for knitting help, support, cheers, shoulders to cry on, etc.