In this episode of B.Hooked TV I’ll share the simple knitting mistake fix that, if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have quit knitting all those years ago.
Yarn used in this episode | Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick “Hudson Bay”
Needles used in this episode | Clover Takumi
hosted by Brittany
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Some topics are best explained one-on-one. Since Brittany can’t be right there with you, B.Hooked TV is the next best thing. You’ll find some of the most helpful tips for improving your crochet and knitting skills in a relaxed and conversational way. It’s a little change of pace from the usual tutorial.
Well, hey there and welcome to Episode 5 of B.Hooked TV. Thank you so much for joining me today. You are in the right place if you are looking to improve your knit or crochet skills. We’ve covered a lot of crochet videos here in the past, and let’s just break into our first knitting video. Now before you do, though, if you haven’t done so already, please go ahead and subscribe to the show.
What we’re going to talk about today is so important that it could possibly be the single most important word to a knitter, that’s not in the dictionary. This word is so important that, in fact, if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have quit knitting. So what does it you ask? Tinking. Today we’re going to talk about tinking. You’re probably like what on earth is tinking? You don’t know what you don’t know, right? That was my problem in those early days when I tried to knit first.
So tinking is essentially reverse knitting. Now look at the word tink, and then look at the word knit. They’re the reverse of each other and that’s kind of what tinking is. Tinking is undoing a knit stitch or even undoing a purl stitch. And those are the two will cover today, I want to teach you how to tink or undo and knit stitch and how to tink or undo a purl stitch.
So before we get into what tinking is and how to do it, let me share a little story with you first. Now, if you’re a listener of the podcast, you’ve probably heard this story before so you can fast forward a little bit if you want, but it is so important in how I evolved as a knitter and why this technique is so important to you. Several years ago, I taught myself how to knit first before crochet. So I have this baby blanket that was from when I was a baby, when I was born. My mom was given a handmade knit blanket in garter stitch. When my sister was pregnant with my first nephew, that to me was the ultimate gift that I could give her so I wanted to knit a baby blanket for my unborn nephew. I found myself wandering that yarn aisle and I knew nothing. I had no clue what I was looking for, what I was doing, what I even needed, but I found a skein of yarn that I just love the color of. And yes, it was one skein of yarn only. I had no idea that you couldn’t knit an entire baby blanket with one skein of yarn. I found a pair of knitting needles, they were straight knitting needles, and they were like 12 inches or so. I had no idea that you’re sort of restricted in your project size based on the size of your needle. Those are all things I had to learn the hard way. So I got my one skein of yarn, I got my knitting needles, and I head home to look at some YouTube videos.
Back then, there weren’t nearly the amount of resources on YouTube as there are today. So I was sort of limited in what was available but I found a couple of videos that taught me how to cast on and taught me how to do the garter stitch. So I cast on, started working the garter stitch and then eventually, I made a mistake. So I went back to YouTube, and tried to figure out how to fix this knitting mistake. Well, the first problem is, I didn’t know what the mistake was. So I didn’t know what to search for and there really wasn’t a whole lot of videos out there that said, “Hey, This is how you fix your mistakes”. So I did the only thing I knew how to do and that was rip it out and start over. So I ripped it out, I started over, I knit up a few more rows, I think I got to like the fifth or sixth row and then I made another mistake. So I thought, well, I don’t know how to fix it and I can’t just let this mistake, go. It’s not a fun quality of mine but I didn’t want to give her something that had this imperfection. Even though she wouldn’t have any idea that it was there. I knew it was there and I didn’t how to fix it. So I ripped it out. And I started again. And I went through this painful cycle several times before I finally just threw in the towel and I said you know what? Knitting is just not for me. Unless I have somebody right here who can walk me through how to fix these mistakes, I just don’t get it. I can’t be perfect and since I can’t fix those mistakes, it’s just not for me. And that’s a shame. My first experience with it was so bad that it kept me from it for years and that’s what I hope to prevent for you today. I want you to try knitting and embrace your mistakes because you know how to fix them.
So now in the demonstration, I want to show you how to undo or tink a knit stitch, and how to undo or tink a purl stitch. With these two little techniques that will take you just a couple minutes to learn, you can fix so many knitting mistakes. So first, let’s see how to tink or undo a knit stitch.
Now I’ve just made a knit stitch here, and I want to tink it or undo it. So flip your work so you can just see the back. You see that loop that kind of goes around the working yarn? You want to place your needle under the side of that loop. Just hold on to it with your finger as you slide that through. That’s it. You’ve undone that knit stitch. So let’s see it again. Let me knit up a couple more stitches and let’s say I want to undo this one. See that loop? I’m going to grab it, hold on to it, and drop it.
Now when you think about knits and purls, I want you to think of them as opposites of one another because if you’re looking at your work from one side, and say you identify a knit stitch, and you flip that work over, and you look at that same stitch, it’ll look like a purl. So knits and purls are essentially opposites of one another.
So as we go into the demonstration for tinking a purl keep in mind that we’re really doing basically the same thing, but we’re coming at it from a different direction because the purl is basically the opposite of the knit stitch. So let’s see how to tink a purl. So here’s the purl I want to tnk and remember before we looked at the loop that was around the working yarn. Well, the working yarn is right here and the loop that goes around it is right there. So take your knitting needle, catch that loop, so just place it on the needle, hold on to it and then slide that loop off of this needle. Then pull your working yarn and you’ve just tinked your pearl. So let’s see that again. This is the purl I want to tink and this is the loop that’s around my working yarn. You’ll stick your needle into that loop. Just like that. Then you can safely slide this one off and pull on your working yarn. There you have it.
Now keep in mind that tinking is the fix when you have made the incorrect stitch. So let’s say you were supposed to make a knit and you made a purl or vice versa. When you notice that you’ve made that mistake right off the bat, that’s when you tink. There is another method of fixing your knitting projects or knitting mistakes and that’s either dropped stitches or fixing it well after the fact. Let’s say you work through a couple more rows, and then all of a sudden you realize that you have your purl in the wrong place. We’ll cover that in another video. But for tinking keep in mind that you tink when you know you’ve made the mistake and you know you’ve made the wrong stitch.
So let’s say you’re supposed to be purling along here and you make a knit by mistake. How would you tink that? This is the stitch you want to undo. This is the loop that’s around the working yarn. You’ll insert your needle in that loop, just like that, then you can safely slide this one off. So that’s not too bad, right? Practice tinking your knits and your purls before you even start a project. Trust me if you know these two quick little fixes, it will make your life so much easier. And then you don’t have to dread making the inevitable mistakes. So get some yarn from your stash. If you have some chunky weight yarn that’ll work out best because it’s thicker and the loops are easier to see. So grab some chunky yarn, knit up a little swatch it, try it in stockinette stitch because then you can practice tinking your knit stitches on one side, and you can practice tinking your purl stitches on the other side and do it until you’re comfortable with it.
That’s all for today. Thank you so much. As always, it’s been a real pleasure. Go ahead and subscribe to the show. If you haven’t done so already. Get some practice in so you’re not afraid to make those inevitable knitting mistakes and I’ll see you next week.