Oops! Made a knitting mistake…

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?

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4 Responses to “Oops! Made a knitting mistake…”

  1. Julie says:

    wow, you did a wonderful job fixing the collar!! Would you have made the mods if you hadn’t noticed the mistake, or was it just a great opportunity to think about the collar a bit differently?
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Modification Mondays- Tropicana Jaden =-.

    • Salihan says:

      Thanks for your comment Julie! I did not intend to change the pattern but when I saw how the collar turned out, I decided it’s worth fixing it. I fixed it the first time to follow the pattern with a garter stitch edge 4 sts wide. But it still bugged me so I changed it to the rib you see in the photo. Since I was already in the mood for it, it didn’t take much more time or effort the second time round.

      Buuutttt now I’m procrastinating to sew on 5 buttons. Go figure! Haha… Ironic since I encouraged you to sew on your gazillion buttons on your last project!

  2. Tammy says:

    I don’t mind the ridge around the edge of the collar at all. A great ‘save’ looking forward to seeing it finished.
    .-= Tammy´s last blog ..Something new =-.

  3. TERE says:

    Wow, you did fantastic -

    My mom’s first sweater (some 40 years ago)… I remember her having a difficult time with the shoulders and sleeves. It was a navy blue sweater for my father.

    Needless to say, I crochet :)
    and remain in awe of anyone who can come through a knitting project as beautiful as this!
    Cheers!
    .-= TERE´s last blog ..Card and Letter Writing =-.

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