To rip or not to rip? That is the question.

To rip or not to rip?

We all face that time when we notice a mistake in our knitting/crochet. Sometimes it seems obvious to us and no one else, sometimes it seems there is no getting around the sight of an obvious mistake. You're faced with a decision to rip or not to rip.

Lately, we have had an influx of people asking how to fix their mistakes. Thankfully in knitting, not every mistake requires ripping out the work, however, there are times when it is inevitable. I always look to see if there is a way to catch a dropped stitch, ladder down to fix a pattern mistake or make an increase/decrease that is not obvious to get the right stitch count. Fixing mistakes can be frustrating, a tip from one of our teachers can help with the frustration from the outset.

"Admire your work often, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and locate mistakes quickly so that they are easier to fix."

Using a lifeline when working more complicated stitches, admiring your work often, knowing how to tink or un-knit, and using stitch markers are all ways to help avoid ripping out several inches of your work. The other thing that helps is to check your pattern and not assume you know what comes next(my most common mistake). This advice works for crocheters too, I believe a crocheter's most common mistake is to be remiss in counting each row/round. Doing this one thing can eliminate a lot of ripping from the onset, this also applies in knitting lace.