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« on: January 31, 2005 04:37:32 PM »

So despite everything I've read about "the curse", I've been knitting a scarf for my boyfriend (at his request) for the past few weeks.  It's 2x2 rib, a nice yellow-tan color, soft wool-acrylic blend yarn.  I'd done about four feet or so when a mad search for a lost inhaler caused me to dump out my bag on the floor.  When I went to pick everything up, I found the scarf, the ball of yarn... and two shiny needles, neither of which was attached to the scarf any longer.

I scooped up the stitches as best I could, but I haven't really examined it yet.  The only time this happened to me before, I'd only knitted a few inches, so I just pulled it all out and started over.  Has this happened to any of you?  Is it fixable?  Is there anything I can do (aside from not being a spaz) to prevent this from happening again?
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2005 04:50:36 PM »

whenever i do that, if a whole row wasn't scooped up perfectly, i just go back and frog a few rows and then scoop those back up. does that make sense? there's probably an easier way to do it... but i don't know.
as far as preventing it, they make little caps for the pointed ends of the needles that will keep your work from sliding off the end...
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2005 10:49:23 AM »

I feel like a total newbie for asking this, but what do you mean by "frog"?

I'll definitely have to buy some of those little caps--thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2005 06:16:56 PM »

frogging is ripping out entire rows at once ("rip it, rip it" = frog noise. knitters are dorks. in the good way.)
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2005 06:28:53 PM »

Don't feel bad!  I doubt there's a knitter alive who hasn't done something along these lines at least once.  I consider myself a semi-advanced knitter because I've screwed up in so many different ways!

It may help to lay your project flat on a table (so you're not fighting gravity) and when you're feeling calm, slowly rip back your knitting until all your loose loops are on the same row.  Don't let ripping back stress you out.  There wouldn't be a cute/dorky name for this technique, if we didn't all have to do this from time to time.





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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2005 01:03:42 PM »

Y'all are fantastic!  I fixed it by laying it on the table... twice, actually, because I haven't gotten caps for the needles yet and dropped it all again last night.  Thanks so much for the advice, and for filling me in on frogging.  I feel like a little bit less of a total knitting dork now.  I'll post the scarf when (if) it's done.  The last few inches really seem to drag.
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2005 02:26:56 PM »

my stitches come off all the time (since the are jostled around n a bog w school stuff, put down for   taking ntes, etc).  I just pick up the stiches again- crochet hooks are really helpful
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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2005 05:42:36 PM »

All the advice here is good.  And as a person who regularly knits in public (KIP), stitches are constantly falling off my needles.  What I usually do when this happens is (a) pick them up the best I can (b) knit back - not rip back (I keep the stitches on the needle and "unknit" them) a few rows.  and TADA.  ready to go again. 

The whole process of screwing up and/or losing stitches is an amazing way to really figure out how knitting works because you have to stare at the stitches and figure out if they're twisted, if you've dropped one somewhere, etc. so you really gain a finer understanding of what you're doing.

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« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2005 06:25:59 AM »

Why not just "cap" your needles - by sticking the ends in a cork, for example? I can't remember which it is, but one company makes little rubber sock-shaped caps for their dpns. I'll bet they'd work with straights too.
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« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2005 06:43:17 AM »

i used wine bottle corks to cap my needles for the longest time--after a while they crack---so i started using rubber ones. also if you're putting your project in a bag---put it in with th epoints facing up-----i used to do it with the points in(thinking i wouldn't poke myself---)but the scarf would keep slipping off.......
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