A guest post from the fine people over at 30 Day Sweater Challenge!
First of all “frogging” refers to ripping out your knitting to fix a mistake, you know “rip it, rip it”, like a frog. Funny right? Funny that is, until it comes to actually ripping apart what you’ve worked so hard on.
Frogging is an incredibly helpful skill to have when you are knitting a garment. Going back to make everything exactly as you like it helps to ensure that you get a sweater that you absolutely love! Not being afraid to pull back and change things is great if you change your mind on the length of a sleeve or decide to put in a different cuff. It is exciting to know that you have the skills to go back and make changes to your sweater!
Pulling out a few (or maybe a more than a few) stitches doesn’t have to be something you dread, in fact learning to anticipate frogging can be very empowering. It is mostly about mindset and a little bit about skill set.
Today we’ll look at how to not only survive frogging but how to embrace it.
How you respond when things go differently than you expected has a lot to do with your attitude going into the project. Chances are you will not knit perfectly, all the time, ever. You are human and humans make mistakes. As you grow as a knitter you will learn how to make fewer and fewer mistakes but occasionally mistakes will be made and you may have to do a bit of frogging. Go into each project expecting to frog back occasionally, then you will be mentally prepared when you reach that place in your knitting.
Here are some encouraging things to keep in mind:
1. Frogging is a good thing. It means that you have made a mistake and are taking the time to go back and fix it. Awesome! Without ever making mistakes, you’ll never grow.
2. You recognized that you made a mistake, that means you are at the point where you can begin to “read” your knitting enough to realize when something isn’t correct. That means you are growing into a more mature knitter!
3. When you pull out stitches or rows that means you will have to re-knit them. That’s right! You get to knit more! What a deal, you love knitting and now you get to do even more knitting!
4. If you haven’t ever frogged you’ll have an opportunity to learn a new skill!
I believe that the fear of frogging comes from not knowing exactly what to do when something goes wrong. So here are some videos with instructions for the different ways to pull back your knitting and how to make your life easier when mistakes happen.
Unknitting – this is best when you need to go back a row or less.
Pulling back a certain number of rows – this is best when you need to go back by more than two rows
How to not twist your stitches when you pick them up – always good to know
Placing a lifeline – this is best when you are knitting complicated patterns that might be difficult to tell which row you’ve pulled back to, usually lace patterns
Now you may be asking, “When do I frog?”.
If you know something is wrong or even think that you won’t like something, stop right then and fix it. It is easier to go back now than it will be to go back later. Making sure that you love your project as you are knitting it is a good indicator of how much you will like it when it is finished.
Hopefully you feel a bit better/less intimidated/more excited about facing the challenge of frogging.
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