Ripping out rows

hi, knitters…

i’m working on the back of a very simple sweater. the pattern called for decreases 20sts in from each side every 1" twice and then every 3/4" four times and its in stockinette stitch and i was thinking about what i was going to eat for dinner…

and, then i screwed up. instead of making the decreases twice at 1", i made one 1" decrease and then started with the 3/4" decreases.

anyways, i’m annoyed and think i’m going to have to rip out all the offending rows back to where the problem originated. its probably eight rows or so and i have about 95 stitches.

so, the question is: how do i rip out eight rows of knitting without losing a single stitch?

any and all advice would be hugely appreciated.

thanks and best of monday evening to all,

Well, no guarantees on not losing a stitch with any method, but…

You can either run a piece of waste yarn or crochet cotton (on a yarn needle) through all stitches on a row you know is right and then rip back to there. The waste yarn/crochet thread will hold that row of stitches and stop you from going too far. Then just pick up all the stitches one by one and start knitting again (you can pull out the waste yarn or leave it, if you think you may want/need to return to there!). Or, you can just rip down to the row you need to get to, then when you get there, take the stitches out one by one before or after inserting your needle into the loop you need. Whatever you do, make sure as you start knitting your stitches that they are oriented properly or fix them as you go.

There’s a knitty pictorial [COLOR=“RoyalBlue”][B]here[/B][/COLOR] that might help.

You can also do what Krazy4Cats says about waste yarn, but do it with a very thin knitting needle instead. Then you just knit the stitches back on the correct needle and you’re good to go.

Forgot about that Knitasha - thanks! I’ve done that before, too. I used like a size 3 circ, that worked pretty slick since the cable was long and flexible.

Or you can pull out to the row before you want to reclaim and pop the stitches off one by one and insert your needle.