Help on correcting mistakes

HELP!! I’m a new knitter and I seem to occasionally,but fairly regularly, add a stitch. I’m not exactly sure why this happens but when I unravel a whole row, it’s really hard for me to get the needle back in. The knitting book I have suggests unraveling the stitches one at a time by putting the needle into the row below the last stitch I made and undoing the stitch above, but I’m not sure how to find the stitch in the row below…It’s getting kinda frustrating to keep unraveling everything I’ve done-any suggestions??

That has happened to me too. I think how you undo a single stitch depends on the kind of stitch it is. Assuming you want to undo a stitch that is the last one on your right needle, you can stick the left needle into the “neck” of the first stitch on the right needle, slip it over to the left needle and pull out the yarn. Do this one stitch at a time until you get the row un-done. Caution – you might end up with stitches on the left needle that are twisted. Try to make sure they’re facing the right direction.

As to how you accidently add stitches, it could be because sometime you put the right needle in the wrong loop of the left needle. Also, sometimes when I’m doing ribbing (k1,p1,k1,p1, etc), and I have to pull the yarn from back to front every stitch, I accidently hook the yarn onto the needle and then knit (or purl) the next stitch. It ends up indadvertently being the equivalent of a “yarn over” (looping yarn around the needle to add a new stitch to the row).



Thanks for the suggestion! Every time I got farther along on my project, I would start to get nervous for fear of making a mistake. Hopefully, my beginning attempts will now be a little less stressful and a lot more fun. Thanks again.

I think you can fix the extra stitch by dropping it on the next row rather than frogging. You just have to be able to determine which stitch is the extra one and it sounds like you can do that.

Does this make sense?

Thanks for the suggestion! That actually does make sense to me so maybe I understand more that I thought. Maybe this will be a little less stressful now.
Thanks again!