I was halfway through knitting the collar of my ribbed jacket when I tried it on. I turned to the left and right, adjusting and scrutinizing the collar. The garter stitch edges bugged me. It didn’t look right.

Ribbed jacket collar no 1

I re-read the pattern and there was an “Oh-oh…” moment. I had knitted twice as many stitches in garter stitch than what the pattern had asked for! Doh!

So I took a deep breath and dropped the stitches back one at a time, re-knitting them in the rib pattern using a crochet hook. I decided to omit the garter stitches altogether, except for the ones right on the edge.

Fixing collar

If you have not done this before, it can be quite intimidating and downright scary. So here are some time-saving tutorials that might help you fix common mistakes without having to rip back your knitting:

Video tutorials to fix common knitting mistakes:
http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips

Illustrated tutorial to pick up dropped stitch from several rows below:
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/pick-up-a-dropped-stitch-from-several-rows-below.html

Illustrated tutorial to fix errors at the side edges of your knitting:
http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2007/10/fixing-errors-at-sides-edges-of-your.html

Ribbed jacket collar no 2

I much prefer this version of the collar, even though the edges curl slightly. I’m close to finishing now. I bought buttons today and hope to sew them on soon. Maybe next week I can show you a finished jacket. :)

What’s on your crafting to-do list this week?