Making Mistakes

In the last blog post, we talked about how to continue knitting, adding row to row, and switching from one needle to the next. Hopefully, you’re comfortable with that up until now, and you’ve had plenty of practice

Let’s say, though, that you mess up, and drop a stitch. When this happens (which it will at some point), don’t fret! You won’t have to pull your work off the needles and start again, or even pull down to catch where the stitch falls. There’s a way to fix your work right up to where you left off, and we’re going to learn how to do that in this post.

When you drop a stitch and it falls down a few rows, it looks like a ladder. There are a few rows that the stitch has fallen down, leaving space between all the rows between where the stitch is and where you’ve worked up to. It looks something like this:


To fix this mistake, you’ll need a crochet hook. We’re only learning how to knit on this blog, but crochet hooks can come in handy with special patterns, and especially when fixing mistakes.

Take the crochet hook and put it through the stitch, as far down as it has fallen. Then, go underneath the first ladder “wrung,” catching it also in the hook, and pulling it under the first stitch you had in the hook as well. This should leave only the first “wrung” as your new stitch, and the first stitch as knitted back into the pattern. Continue picking up the wrest of the “wrungs” of the latter until you’re back at the top stitch.


When you’re back to the top, make sure you turn the stitch so that the right side of the loop is what faces you on the needle, just like all the other stitches. If it’s twisted the wrong way, the stitch for that row will come out looking funny.

That’s it! Not difficult at all, and definitely a timesaver when contemplating starting over again, especially with big projects. If this wasn’t helpful enough, I love this video and this video (in case you drop an edge) – seeing this technique happen makes it very clear.

Similar to knitting, it can be horrifying to mess up in real life. It’s not hard to look at mistakes and sins, and say “I’ve gone too far this time. There’s no way I could be forgiven for this.” Or maybe you’re like me, just overwhelmed at your humanity and realizing that you’ll never be perfect in this life, and that you might fall into one particular sin a million times before you overcome it.

That negative perspective is not of the Lord. He never tires of forgiveness and mercy. Christ desires us so deeply that nothing could separate us from His love, even if I act pridefully  again, or talk back to my mom for the millionth time. Our God is a God of second/third/millionth chances – He wants nothing but you.

So run to Him, with everything you are. Drop your inhibitions, your doubts, your fears, your insecurities, because you are not your sins. You are you, made in His image & likeness. He has already defeated death (and your sins,) and He wants to rid you of every chain that holds you back. Do not fear, but seek His mercy and live in His love.

“But God proves His love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8

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