Fixing a Mistake in Cabled Knitting

Oh No! I’ve made a mistake in my Cabled Knitting project! And it’s 4 rows back!

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Now what?? I’ve held my cable needle to the front instead of the back!

It’s not as difficult as you may think to fix this. I don’t have to rip out the last 4 rows and do them again. Wheew!

In order to fix this mistake, I need to have on hand, 2 safety pins designed for knitting and a crochet hook. These are things I keep in my bag at all times, because you never know when you might need to fix something.

To begin, I work my way, following my pattern, to the spot where I made the error (several rows below).

I know that my mistake was 4 rows back because the cable is only worked on row 1 of 4 and I have just completed row 4.  So I must count 4 rows from the needle and place a safety pin on the stitch below the error. This is a 4 stitch cable, meaning 2 on the cable needle and 2 that were knit. This means I will need to place a safety pin on the next stitch as well.

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Now for the scary part. Drop the 2 live stitches off of the needles. Don’t worry, the pins will stop the stitches below from unraveling.

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You will notice a hole in your knitting, just on the other side of the 2 columns of stitches to the left of the dropped stitches.

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Slip the safety pins through this hole. Bring them behind the stitches to the right of the hole and back out to the front.

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Next insert the crochet hook into the stitch on the pin (I like to leave the pin in place until I have completed the fix). Reach around in front of the 2 rows of stitches still on the needle. Hook the 1st strand of the “ladder” and pull it through the stitch. This creates a new knit stitch.

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You may have worked a simple stockinette repair in the past. It’s the same here. Continue to pull the ladder bars through the newly fixed stitch until all 4 have been worked. Do the same on the next pin.

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Now what happens if I make the mistake on the left slanting cable??

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It’s essentially the same process – in reverse.

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Again, place your safety on the stitch where the mistake was made. In this case the pin goes on the 5th stitch again, because I and still fixing a mistake from 4 rows ago.

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Drop the stitches above the pins. This time you will notice that the pins will pull themselves over to the left of the 2 columns of stitches that form the balance of the cable. Now the hole is adjacent to the pins.

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Push the pins through the hole to the back of the knitting. Bring them around behind the other stitches, just below the 4 “ladders” that were formed when the stitches were dropped in a previous step.

Once again use a crochet hook to make the repairs to the ladder, making 4 stitches above each pin.

Now my cables go the right way! I have placed a green marker there now to remind myself when to cable left or right… Maybe I won’t mess up again…

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But at least I know how to fix it if I do!

 

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