While in Peru, I began a new Shifting Stripes Shawl. It’s fairly simple until the border, and then you have to switch things up a bit from churn and burn stockinette.

And when you get to that point after enjoying a couple of pints, there’s a possibility one could make a mistake. And find out a couple rows later.


Much better than a significant number of rows later. So I put it away until lunch the next day. I skipped my noontime walk so I could frog the work back to the most predictable row before I messed up.

Frogging is a whimsical knitting term for when you rip out your work. “rip it, rip it, rip it”

I start by identifying the last correct row that has a predictable pattern to it. Or if I’m doing complicated lacework, the last row that I strung a “lifeline” through.

In this circumstance, it was the last purl row before the flared edging.


Since my yarn grabbs pretty well, I could release some stitches so I could start picking up stitches along the identified row. Make sure to pick up the leading side of the stitch so that the picked up stitches look like this \\\\\\\ rather than this ///////. It will make it easier to restart. Don’t worry if you get a couple wrong. You just have to knit it through the back loop when you start over (alternately, you can slip the stitch to the correct slant before knitting it like normal).


When you finish picking up stitches, you get to rip! I like to wind a centerpull ball as I rip.


But sometimes I leave it loose if there’s not too much to reknit.


Once you’ve ripped it all back to the needles, it’s time to start over. It took about an hour and fifteen minutes from when I started picking up stitches to reknitting to where I’d left off. This time, I didn’t make an error!

Now, it’s complete and ready for the craft fair on Saturday! Hopefully, it finds a home as some lucky someone’s Christmas present!


Okay, not quite ready. It’ll get a good blocking in the morning!


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