2.04.2010

Fixing a Cable Crossing 20 Rows Back Without Ripping 20 Rows Out!

This morning I noticed I'd made an error in one cable crossing on the left front.

As soon as I got home I spent about 10 minutes fixing it. (Soooo much faster than ripping all those rows back!) This is what I did...

First, notice the two errant stitches at the top of the crochet hook. They should be going underneath that cable crossing rather than over top of it...
First I drop one stitch down to where I can manipulate it. I'm almost there...

Now, I've gone far enough. The stitch on the right in the photo has passed the crossing. The vertical stitches in the middle are the crossing.  The open stitches in the ladder on the left is both where that open stitch has come from and where it needs to get back to. I've just released it from passing over and now I need to pass it under the crossing using a crochet hook...
Here the hook has come from the back of the work to catch the stitch in question...

Now I've pulled it underneath the crossing and I've poked the hook and stitch back up on the correct side. I'm ready to pick up the stitches in the ladder on my way back to the top...


But not before I reverse the hook to allow me to work on the right side of the fabric...

Now the stitch is back at the top, temporarily held in place with a split ring type marker, I'm ready to fix its neighbour to the left...


Back down we go.  See how there now remains only one stitch to move underneath the crossing (its the one with the prominent white flecks in it)...


Here the hook pokes out underneath that crossing to catch the lowered stitch...


Here the stitch has been moved beneath the crossing to come out above the point of crossing...


Once again I reverse the hook and working the right side of the fabric, pick up the stitches in the ladder all the way back to the top...


Problem solved!

That feels better!

BTW I forgot to put the memory card in the camera before class yesterday so I'll have to post pics of the kid's work next week!

Thanks for dropping by!

11 comments:

LynS said...

How deft of you - and such great photos. The more I see of your cardi, the more I like the colour and texture of the yarn. I'm a bit infatuated with Rowan Felted Tweed just now.

Michele said...

I love when I fix an error without ripping back. Must say I've never tried to fix a cable. Nice work.

I too am falling in love with the yarn. And it's no longer available in Canada you say, Pity!

Laine de Bergère said...

I like to call it an autopsy...
I scared the crap out of my lumberjack hubby last time I knit (and repaired) a cable cardigan...it was memorable, hee!

Sel and Poivre said...

Regarding the Felted Tweed - its not that its no longer available, its just that Rowan has dropped its Canadian distributer so in order to get it, retailers here have work cross border with the American Distributor and its my understanding that a lot of LYS owners just don't want to deal with the headaches of all that.

Plus as a big patriot - I'm just not going to buy a product from a company that has turned away from Canada as Rowan has. I'm kind of fussy about things like that.

Anonymous said...

I love fixes that make life easier! And it looks like you've subdued that tangled yoke - can't wait to see the FO!
Barb

Acorn to Oak said...

Gasp! Oh my goodness! That was scary and amazing! You are a brave and smart knitter. I'm sooooo impressed! I had no idea that was possible.

Sandra said...

nice job! I love being aboe to fix thing like that - ripping out 20 rows would not have been an option.

Shari said...

Wow, I would never have thought of that. I think I would have just shoved the whole thing back in the closet:)

Thanks for letting me know about that increase purl row. That was one less row for me to have to rip back. Starting row 11 today. It has been very slow going but I'm getting there!

Marguerite said...

J'ai déjà fait ça aussi dans du point jersey, ca fonctionne bien mais je n'ai jamais réussi dans un point mousse.
I did this already in jersey but I could never succeed in a garter stitch.
Love this color by the way!

Brenda said...

My favourite knitter from the 80s has definitely caught up. Way to go. Great photos too.

Lupie said...

I've fixed a few cable stitches in my projects and wish I had had such a great tutorial with awesome pictures. I will tell my knitting group to check it out.