How to Back Out Stitches

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Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2009

Our very own Laura (Jimmy) stars in this knitting instructional article about how to do back out stitches. We hope you enjoy it!

  1. To back out a stitch, you want to put the tip of your needle A (in my right hand) into the hole / stitch below the one on needle B (in my left hand).

  2. With needle A in that hole, pull the stitch completely off of needle B.

  3. Give the working yarn a little tug, separating it from the stitch that you just pulled off.

  4. The stitch that was previously on needle B is now on needle A and has been un-knit.

  5. Continue repeating the steps above for as many stitches as you need to un-knit.

  6. Note: if you only un-knit a few stitches, you'll notice that the working yarn is connected to a stitch on the left needle... it's not really in the right spot to start knitting. Flip your work over and the yarn will be on your right needle... primed and ready for Purling. (Forgive me for not mentioning that on the video. Can I use the fact that I was 7 months pregnant as an excuse?? Please?)

Posted by Laura of Jimmy Beans Wool

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