My Cape Cod Shawl is coming right along! I love it when I can see the stitch pattern in a project really start to take shape and come alive.
I did make a boo-boo several rows back, and it was not one I could live with. The lace pattern was off by one stitch, and it completely messed up the flow of the design. It’s amazing how much difference a single stitch can make! If I were paying closer attention, I would have noticed my mistake sooner, but that’s what I get for watching TV while I knit.
I should have taken a picture of my wonky lace pattern to share, but instead I got busy tinking. If you’re new to “tinking,” it basically means unknitting, and it’s a slow but safe way to fix a mistake. Because of all the yarnovers and decreases in this project, I did not feel comfortable taking it off the needles and ripping back!
If you ever need to tink (knit spelled backwards) back to fix a boo-boo, take your left needle and insert it from front to back into the stitch below the first stitch on your right needle. That is, not the stitch around the right needle, but the one directly underneath that stitch. Then, push the first stitch on your right needle off to unknit it. Pretty simple!
I tinked about 5 or 6 rows and it took me a good hour or so, BUT I’m happy to say that I’m back on track. However, this little snafu did inspire me to insert a lifeline at the end of every pattern repeat just in case I run into trouble again.
That red strand of yarn is my lifeline (AKA security blanket).
To insert a lifeline, grab some yarn in a contrasting color and cut a strand at least a foot longer than your project. You could even cut it quite a bit longer because our shawls are going to grow pretty quickly, and you might not want to keep cutting new lifelines. Then, with your yarn needle, weave your lifeline through the stitches that are on your knitting needles, leaving at least 6″ hanging past your project on each side. Then, if you make a mistake after that point, you can take your needles out and reinsert them through the stitches your lifeline goes through. Then, you can safely rip back to that point without worrying. If your mistake is a few rows back, this may be quicker and easier than tinking. I like to think of my lifeline as my little security blanket!
How is your Cape Cod Shawl coming? If you haven’t started this fun project yet, you still have time to get your kit and join in on the fun! The kits come in yellow and jade, and they make it easy to get the same wonderful finish as the sample. The soft but sturdy cotton yarn is blended with a bit of wool to give it a fabulous texture that really complements this pattern.
Have you ever used a lifeline before? Tell us about your experiences here or on Facebook! We love hearing from you and seeing pictures of your works-in-progress, so drop us a line and let us know how your shawl is coming.