During the first week of class, we will be studying techniques to fix a few simple mistakes in your knitting. These include tinking, frogging, picking up stitches, and using a lifeline. We will need a little bit of knitting to practice these techniques on, so I would like you to knit up a small swatch. Along with the materials below, bring a small crochet hook (no smaller than a G/6), and the projects/patterns you have hit a block with. Homework to be completed BEFORE class: Using a set of US size 5 - 9 needles (any will do), cast on 16 stitches using some worsted weight yarn. Then: • Knit 4 rows. • Knit 4, Purl 8, Knit 4 across the row. • Knit across the row. • Knit 4, Purl 8, Knit 4 across the row. • Knit across the row. • Knit 4, Purl 8, Knit 4 across the row. • Knit across the row. • Knit 4, Purl 8, Knit 4 across the row. • Knit across the row. • Knit 4, Purl 8, Knit 4 across the row. • Knit across the row. • Knit 4, Purl 8, Knit 4 across the row. • Knit across the row. Leave the live stitches on the needles and bring this sample to class with you. Tink Knit spelled backwards! When you only have to take back a few stitches, tinking is your best bet. Essentially, you are pulling out each stitch one by one and catching the live stitch with your left needle. To do this, place your left needle into the stitch in the row below. Take the stitch from the right needle off and tug the working yarn to get rid of the “live” stitch. Frog Frogs say: “Ribbit, ribbit!” Knitters say: “Rip it, rip it!” When you have to pull out a few rows, inches, or an entire project, it may be time to frog your work. There are two ways to frog: with a life line or a walk on the wild side. Neither is incorrect. The first way works best if you are more cautious with your knitting, or if you are working a pattern with cables or lace. If you are working in stockinette or rib stitch and like to live life dangerously, the latter approach may be for you! Lifeline Throw me a lifeline! A lifeline is a piece of waste yarn (scrap yarn) that is woven through the stitches in the row you wish to un-knit to. Once the lifeline is in place, you can pull the live stitches off the needles and begin to frog your work. The live stitches will be safely attached to your lifeline. Once you have ripped back to the lifeline, you can place the stitches back onto your needle. Remember to count your stitches!