What if you mess up one row?

I am VERY new to knitting, and I’m currently trying to knit my first afghan. My question is what do I do if I mess up one row? I somehow picked up two extra stitches somewhere, and I don’t want to have to rip out the whole thing. Is there a way to “undo” just one row? I know this may seem like a stupid question, but I’m pretty new to this. Thanks!

Yes. Put the L needle into the stitch below the one on the R needle, pull back the R needle and let the stitch pop off it. Keep doing this until you’re back to where you want to be.

Is it safe to assume you aren’t using a complicated pattern? If so, you might just try to not add any more stitches and keep going. You can pursue perfection later. You’ll have ample opportunity to practice frogging (rip it! rip it!) as time goes by.

There is a couple ways of handling this. If its a fairly simple pattern you can do like Sue suggested and *tink back a row stitch by stitch. Or you can sometimes just knit two stitches together (k2tog). If you have two extra stitches k2tog twice near the beginning and end.

*tink - literally knit backwards, but it means to unknit stitch by stitch. Another term is to frog or frogging (think of a frog sound “ribbit” which sounds like "rip it. :teehee:

There’s a video in tips/fixing mistakes of tinking I think.

There’s a video in tips/fixing mistakes of tinking I think.

That’s one video that isn’t in there. There are some for fixing a dropped st, dropping on purpose to fix a st, putting the needles back in and putting in a lifeline, but not tinking.

Oops, Sue is correct. Okay this is a YouTube video on tinking back stitch by stitch.


Thank you guys! That video was really helpful. Okay, another question, how do I “tink” a purl stitch?

Same way you do a knit st, just stick the needle in the same way.

Thanks! I thought so, but wanted to be sure. You guys asked if it was a complicated pattern, and I think it’s a bit more complicated than a beginner should probably start with, lol.

This is the afghan I’m making: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L0592.html?noImages=

I’m starting with square 2. It’s a sort of lacy leaf pattern. It’s the first time I’ve tried increases and decreases, and it’s giving me fits. But I’m getting there. I’m learning a lot at any rate.

It is a little more complicated than I’d recommend, but knitting is basically all knit and purl stitches with some increases, decreases and some variations. Most of that stuff is explained in a pattern or easy to get the info for. Just start slow and you’ll do fine. :thumbsup:

You are going to learn several different techniques in this afghan but that’s part of the fun of knitting. You learn by trying something new with every project. It’ll be great to see a picture of the finished project. Good luck with it.

I’ll definitely post a picture! It may be all lumpy and weird shaped, but it’ll be MINE, haha. The square I’m working on is actually looking pretty good! I’ve had to “tink” back a few times, but I’m trying to take my time and I haven’t messed up too bad yet.

Salmonmac, that is what the lady at the local yarn store told me. She said I’d learn a lot of different things with each of the squares.