Well, that is off track and I wanted to show you what I did to fix a mistake so that I didn't have to rip out rows and rows and rows and rows and rows.
This little tool has been out for a while, and I put off purchasing it because I thought it a bit pricey at $18. I mean, I can use a crochet hook and use that money to buy more yarn and fiber. LOL! So, as I have been helping people fix their knitting issues, with a crochet hook, I would think about this little tool and WISH I had purchased it when I had seen it.
A few weeks ago, I went to a yarn shop in Dallas and found the tool!
It is a good thing I broke down and purchased it. I have used it several times on just my scarf! Here is one instance. Just above the safety pin is a mistake. For some insane reason I had purled and not knit the garter stitch, who knows why? Maybe so I could use my tool? :)
Below, I have lightened the picture and did a close up so that maybe you can see the error of my ways.
I then slipped the stitches, from the closest outside edge to the mistake stitch onto a double pointed needle for safe keeping. I am using a circular needle for knitting my project. Next I dropped the stitch that formed the column of stitches where the mistake happened. You can see the ladders. Now for the test of my tool.
FIXED! In record time. Using a tool that has a hook on either end, was so much easier for garter stitch than fussing with a crochet hook. IMHO, it is worth every penny. :)
Just so you know, I have made more mistakes and have been able to use the tool for help in fixing them. But, I did place the beads in the wrong place and actually did rip out about 20 rows or so.... I had placed the 4 window beads on the right side of the picture and they needed to be on the left side. (I was watching movie at that point) Although I could've used the tool, I figured it would be easier to rip. I would have to fiddle with the other beads above the 4 that would have to be removed and replaced on either side of the picture, so I could move the beads. To me that would've taken the same amount of time to fix.
If you have never dropped a stitch, on purpose, and you decide to try it, lay your knitting flat on a table while you work with it. That way you aren't fighting gravity and gravity won't make it rip past where you want it to go. Laying it down on a table also will give you a good view of your knitting and free up both of your hands for use in fixing your mistake.