No Stress Reapering – A Beginners Guide

Hehehe… while I was working on my Pogona, I kept having moments of mass destruction erm i mean distraction {soo..nothing new there}, and suddenly I would look down and realise I had kept purling in a section that required knit stitch, or vice versa and even at one point I was knitting backwards!! Yes, I am special!!

Now I loath Ripping back my work, and normally I go out of my way to avoid it, so I taught myself how to rip back stitch by stitch, which really comes in handy, when you’re working on projects like the Pogona that have small sections of both knit and purl. {and of course, you only have a small section that needs Reapering!!}

So here is my photo guide of how to do it, I know most of you will know how to do this
already, but maybe it will be of some help for crafters who are just beginning their journey into the wonderful world of knitting.

Edit – Just found out that Reapering {which is my name for it hehe} is actually called
Tinking which is “Knit” backwards!! – Cool huh!!

First set are showing how to rip back a stitch Purl wise!

You can see that purl stitch have a “Nose” {or bump if that’s what you like to call it} whereas the knit stitch is flat and has a “bum”{the bump is on other side of work}

Purl wise, you will be inserting your needle in front and underneath, once you have the stitch back on your left needle, don’t be scared to pull it apart a little, so you can see what’s going on.

Now slip the stitch off your right needle, don’t be scared you won’t drop a stitch as it is secured now on your left needle!!

Now pull your working yarn, and that stitch on your left is ready to be “worked again!”

Continue in the same way, until you have corrected your mistake {i normally have 5 or 6 to do lol}

Remember to put your working yarn to the back before you knit or you will create a YO! {yarn over}

OK so now i am going to show you how to rip stitch-by-stitch knit-wise.

Knit-wise your be inserting your needle in the back of your stitches, in to the “bum” {or whatever you want to call it, nose and bum is easy for me to remember lol}

So you’re doing exactly the same as purl wise but in reverse!!

And there you have it!! No stress Reapering!!! 😀

{Bet my uneven messy lines stressed some of you out though :P}