Fixing a Mistake in Ribbing

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When working in a ribbing pattern, it’s a common mistake to accidently knit where you should have purled and vice versa. In this video, knitting expert Michele Lee Bernstein demonstrates how to fix mistakes made in ribbing patterns.

Michele is working a swatch of 2×2 (knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches) ribbing, but the techniques used to fix the stitches can be used in any ribbing pattern. She located her errors and gets ready to fix them. First, she finds a knit stitch where there should have been a purl. She works to the point of the error and then turns the work to the Wrong Side to see the column of knit stitches on the Wrong Side. Michele drops the stitch down a couple of rows to remove the error and uses a crochet hook to work the stitches correctly and back up onto the knitting needle.

She repeats this process where the finds purl stitches where there should be knit stitches. She once again drops the stitch down to remove the error, using a crochet hook to fix the stitches, changing them to knit stitches, and working back up to the knitting needle. She completes the row of 2×2 ribbing, noting that the errors have been fixed.