How to UNRAVEL KNITTING the RIGHT WAY (3 Methods)


Sometimes you make a mistake, and you need
to rip back your work. So, you’re unravelling and unravelling and
unravelling, and at some point you need to put your stitches back on the needle. So, you’re just going to jam them back on
your needle, right? Wrong! What are you, a neanderthal? There’s a right way and a wrong way to unravel
your work and put it back on the needles. I’ll show you three ways to do it in this
video. When you’re unravelling your yarn and you’re
putting stitches back on the needle, it’s really important to make sure your stitches
are not twisted. So what does it mean to have a twisted stitch? Let’s take a look here. I’m going to take one of my stitches off
my needle. Let’s take a look at the anatomy of a stitch. Let’s make this guy really clear here. I’ve taken my stitch off the needle, and
you can see here that the stitch is basically a loop. The loop consists of a right side and a left
side. For the purpose of this tutorial, I’ll call
this the right leg and this side the left leg. You can think of your stitches like the leg
of a cowboy, like a bowlegged cowboy. Or a cowgirl. So you want to make sure that the right leg
of your cowgirl is always on the front of your needle. This is my right leg, my cowgirl’s right
leg, and I’m going to make sure that the right leg is on the front. Just like this. So when the right leg is in the front of the
needle, that means that our stitch is untwisted. It is good to go. It is correctly seated on our needle. If our left leg
is in the front, then our stitch is twisted. And you can see that it’s not sitting very
evenly on my needle. If I try to knit into it, it’s going to
have a bit of resistance. It won’t feel very natural because the stitch
is twisted. So don’t get it twisted. Make sure the right leg of your stitch is
on the front of the needle. So here we go, let’s put it back on. And yeehaw, we are ready to go. So that’s our untwisted stitch. So let’s say I wanted to unravel or unknit
a couple stitches. I’m not unravelling multiple rows. Let’s say I wanted to go from this stitch
over to here, so four stitches or so. So, how would we unravel those stitches? Well, I would take my left needle and go into
the stitch directly below my active stitch. So these stitches are live on my needle, and
the stitch right here is right underneath my live stitch. So I’m going to take my left needle and
go right into the stitch, from the front to the back, and take that stitch off of my needle. And then pull the working yarn and now that
stitch is on my left needle. The right leg is in the front, as you can
see, which is exactly what we want. Let’s take a look here. This is the right leg and it should be in
the front, and it just was. Let’s do that again. I’ll take my left needle and go directly
into the stitch below my active stitch. I’m just kind of stabbing into it from the
front to the back, like this. Take my needle off and then pull my working
yarn loose. And that stitch is on my left needle and the
right leg is in the front. Perfect. So we can keep on going for a couple stitches. Here is my stitch below, so I’ll stab into
it, take my needle off and undo the yarn. Here is my stitch below. Stab right into it, take my needle off and
unravel. This is a great way to unravel or unknit a
couple stitches. So let’s say I want to rip back multiple
rows, so I want to rip back to the stockinette stitch portion. This second method is a bit high risk because
your stitches are loose and off the needles. So there’s a risk they could drop and that
your stitches will be lost. But if your yarn holds its shape really well
and it’s not too slippery, then you could definitely try this method. So what you’d do is literally pull your
needle off the knitting, and now our stitches are live. They’re in a dangerous and precarious position. But the stitches are keeping their shape. They’re not slippery and disappearing. So what I would do is literally unravel it. When I get to the point where I want to pick
up my stitches, I’ll take a thinner needle, like this, and then pick up my stitches. I’ll turn my yarn around and just haphazardly
pick up my stitches. I just want to rescue them at this point because
they’re loose and in the wild, and I don’t want them to unravel. I’m not trying to make sure that the stitches
are untwisted or anything. I’m just concerned with rescuing these stitches
and getting them on the needle so that they’re not loose. We’re on a rescue mission and we’re picking
up those stitches. Here’s my last stitch. Perfect. So now, my stitches are on a rescue needle,
a little lifeboat needle, but they’re definitely twisted. Some of them are twisted, some of them are
not. I’ll turn my work over, and now we’re
going to transfer these rescued stitches onto my needle and make sure that they’re untwisted. So now I’ll transfer my stitches from the
safety needle to my regular needle so I can start knitting. I can start transferring from my safety needle
to my regular needle this way, but because the needle I’m knitting with has a stopper
at the end, what will happen if I do it that way is that my working yarn will end up being
close to my stopper. So how am I going to knit with my working
yarn like that, right? What I need is for my working yarn to be closer
to the tip of my needle. So what I’ll do is start picking up stitches
from the back. So I’ll turn my work over so that when I
pick up stitches this way, when my stitches have all migrated over to my big needle, my
working yarn will be at the tip of my needle, which is what I want. If you’re using circular needles or double
pointed needles, then it doesn’t really matter. But because I’m using a flat needle with
a stopper, the direction that I pick up my stitches in does matter. Okay, I’m going to get started picking up
these stitches. I’m going to make sure my stitches are untwisted
as I pick them up. This stitch here is untwisted because the
right leg is in the front, so I’ll pick it up like this. This next stitch is also untwisted because
the right leg is in the front, same with this third stitch. Doing pretty good so far. This next stitch right here is twisted, and
I can tell because the left leg of the stitch is in the front of the needle. So I’ll untwist it by taking my right needle
and going in from the back of the stitch. When I do that, you can see that the right
leg is now in the front of my needle. I’m going to go from the back of the stitch
and then just pick it off. So pretty easy, right? This next stitch is untwisted, okay, cool,
so let’s move it over. This next stitch is twisted, so I’ll take
my right needle, go into the stitch from the back to the front and pick it off. Now you can see that the right leg is in the
front of the needle, which is what I want. It’s untwisted. This guy is untwisted. This guy is twisted. So I’ll go from the back to the front, and
pick it off. Now it’s untwisted. Cool. If this picking it up from the back to the
front is confusing to you, what you can do is manually untwist it. So this next stitch is twisted, so you can
literally take that stitch off the needle, turn it around, put it back onto your needle. Now this stitch is untwisted and I can move
it over. So those are two ways you can untwist your
stitch. Let’s see. This guy is twisted, so I can manually untwist
it, just like that, put it back on my needle. Untwisted, so it moves over. Untwisted. Cool. So now my stitches have moved from my safety
needle to my regular needles, and the working yarn is close to the point. My stitches are untwisted and I can continue
knitting. So this third method for unravelling is also
the safest method. And we’ll take a separate needle that’s
a little bit thinner than the needle that you use to knit with. And pick up the right leg of each stitch on
a row. Once we’ve picked up those stitches on the
row that you want to rip back to, we’ll unravel the yarn and you’ll see that the
knitting magically stops at the row where we’ve inserted our needle. That sounds kind of complicated, so let’s
get into it and I’ll show you how it works. So let’s say I want to rip back my work
down to this row. What I would do is take my needle and go into
the right leg – let’s see. Sometimes your eyes get kind of blurry, but
let’s see. Can I do it? Yes, I can. So that’s the right leg, and you can see
that the stitch is made up of a V-shape. So I want to go into the right leg of that
V-shape. Here we go. If you’re worried that you might not go
into the right row, like you might go up a row or down a row, your needle kind of points
you to the next stitch over. So here’s the right leg of our stitch, and
we’re going straight across. So here we go. Just picking up that right leg. If you ever get confused, or your eyes are
blurring, just step back from your knitting for a second, glance outside, and let your
eyes unbar. I find that helps me a lot. Here’ s my last stitch. Cool. I’m going to push my needles through. It looks kind of funny, but you can see that
my stitches are held by this little needle here. Now is the moment of truth. This is going to be pretty interesting. I’m going to take my big needle off, there
we go. Now my stitches are live and I’m going to
start unravelling. Just like this. You will see that my stitches will stop at
the brake needle. This is pretty cool. Pulling, pulling, pulling, and oh my goodness. What’s happening here? Our stitches – I think I’ve put in my needle
in the stitch above, so let’s unravel this, and here we go. It’s always a bit trickier at the edge. Cool. So, our brake needle did what it was supposed
to do. Now all of our live stitches are on this little
needle and they are safe. There was never a moment where my stitches
could have gotten lost. Now I can transfer them back onto the big
needle and continue knitting. So this third method is a really nice way
to unravel your yarn so that your yarn is untwisted. The right leg is in the front of the needle,
and it also keeps your stitches safe. That little needle is holding onto your stitches
so that they’re never really loose. Lastly, you can be very exact. You can unravel to the precise row that you
want. So there you go. Three ways to unravel your stitches. Thanks so much for watching. If you enjoyed this video, then give it a
big thumbs up. And if you love this video, consider subscribing. I’m Davina from sheepandstitch.com. Happy unravelling, don’t get it twisted,
and I’ll see you next time. Bye!

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