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Spring Lace Shawl Knit-Along: Tinking

KAL_BADGE_2014-300x180Welcome back everybody! I hope you all had a fun week of swatching and getting started. This week I want to focus on something that is inevitable with lace knitting and many of you may have already run into...mistakes. The most common mistake in lace knitting is missing a yarn over. It is such an easy mistake to make that even veteran lace knitters make it from time to time. How do you know if this has happened to you? If you get to the end of a row and don’t have enough stitches to complete the pattern, you have missed a yarn over. Although it may be tempting to just add a stitch and move on this will throw off the whole look of the pattern. To fix it you’ll have to get to the root of the problem. I’m going to give you a couple tricks to help find the offending missed yarn over and fix it.

The first thing you’ll want to make sure of is that you don’t go too far past the mistake. One good thing to do is to count your stitches at the end of each lace row. Being able to “read” your knitting is another helpful skill. This is like retracing your steps to find the spot where things went wrong. Just read through the pattern stitch by stitch and try to recognize those stitches in your row. The yarn overs are the easiest to recognize, just a big hole. If it says YO in the pattern and you don’t see a hole, bingo! You have found it! This can be difficult to do so don’t worry if you can’t see it at first.

Now that you’ve found the spot you have to get back there in order to fix it. So lets meet the lace knitter’s best friend, unknitting or “tinking.” This allows you to go back stitch by stitch rather than just ripping back and having to struggle getting all of those stitches back on the needle. To tink just pull your yarn to the left so you can see a hole below your stitch, put your needle in the hole, transfer the stitch and pull the yarn out. Continue in this way until you get back to the missed yarn over.

Where this gets tricky is with the decreases. For the k2tog, work in the same way. Just make sure you have the needle through both stitches. For the ssk enter the stitches from behind like this:


Then flip the stitches around so they are mounted like all of the other stitches.

Now for the sk2p, lift the stitch that was passed over back up onto the needle:


Then undo the k2tog.

Once mastering tinking there will never be a knitting problem that you can’t get yourself out of! I can’t wait to hear about everybody’s progress this week. Post pictures so we can all see and keep the questions coming!

About Grace: Grace DiLorenzo has been knitting for the last 10 years. What started as a hobby quickly grew into a passion. Her favorite things to make are garments and lace. As a teacher at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City she has been able to share her love of yarn crafting teaching beginning through advanced knitting and yarn dyeing classes. She has lead the first four in studio knit alongs and is excited to do it again! grace_200px
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