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#SweaterTogether: 5 Mistakes We Made (So You Don’t Have To)

Anyone else finding the Tealeaf Sweater Knit-Along to be a bit of a challenge? Some of us knitters at Craftsy are with you!

Between learning new techniques, stitching together and getting one step closer to a new sweater… there may have been a few curse words. We’ve made mistakes big and small as we’ve stitched — some more cringe-worthy than others.

Frogging Tealeaf Sweater

Read on to find out where we’ve messed up, so that you don’t make the same mistakes!

The needle mix-up

“I forgot to change to a bigger needle after the lace and had to rip out half of the stockinette,” says Kamie, who heads up our marketing team. That sweater pictured above? Yeah, that’s hers. “I almost cried. It was so depressing that I had a colleague do all the frogging because I couldn’t watch.”

The mystery purls

Knitting Swatch

“I was cruising on my stockinette stitch when I realized I had randomly done five of the wrong stitches in the middle of the row,” says Lindsey, our marketing manager.

She was convinced that she’d have to rip out rows and rows to fix it. Luckily, Sunne, our yarn developer, showed her how to ladder back and switch her purls to knits. “My mind was blown by the fact that you could do isolated fixes multiple rows back!”

The endless gauge swatching

Blue Yarn Swatch

Not all of us were so lucky to get gauge on our first try. In fact, a few of us — including Jamie, who heads up our eCommerce team. “I had to do my gauge swatch with four different needles before getting the right gauge!” she says. Don’t worry — she’s smoothly stitching now.

The miscounted cast-on

Knitting Ribbing in the ROund

Knitting editor Stephanie casted on three too few stitches. Normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal — she’d just throw in a couple increases. “Since the ribbing flows really nicely into the lace pattern when done correctly, so I ripped it out and started over again,” she says. Her advice? Triple count your cast on (for any project!)

The “my dog ate my homework”

Broken Knitting and Dog

No joke, our blog editor Kristin’s work came to halt when her pup accidentally chewed up her needles mid-project. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, “I knit the flat lace section following the in-the-round pattern, so it looked all wrong,” she says. “It didn’t look terrible, so I thought about keeping it, but I just lost all excitement about the project.” So the frogging began! 

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A trick I have for casting on the correct amount of stitches is to place a stitch marker every ten stitches, and then it’s easier to count by tens and harder to lose count. I figured out this technique when I was casting on a cabled afghan with nearly 200 stitches and kept losing count!


Thanks for sharing your mistakes, love the puppy story. My first thought was that I would be tempted to see if I could knit that sweater on my knitting machine to catch up. Then I remembered an old husky I had that used to push the carriage with her nose. Maybe she wanted to see what was so attractive about pushing it, or maybe she just liked all the excitement it caused when I saw her do that. So even machine knitting isn’t impervious to a canine or cat. I’ve heard a lot of fellow machine knitters talk about cat interventions to their knitting. Happy stitching!

L. Radford

I had three boo-boos…one I frogged back (actually, I started over), and two I will fix in situ. I will leave it up to you to guess which is which!
1. After finishing all my short rows, I discovered that one if my fronts had one too many stitches, and the back had one too few, even though I am sure I counted them at the start more than once.
2. I started knitting my saddle, and about six rows in, I noticed it was twisted and there was only one way I could figure out how to change that.
3. The second time I knitted my saddle, I noticed at about the eight row, that one f my ask joins had been done as a p2tog (note the artful way I write that, so it seems as if someone else did it?)

Dot Bobrowicz

A question on the comment: “I had to do my gauge swatch with four different needles before getting the right gauge!”
When you find gauge with a needle size that is not the size the pattern called for, do you also adjust the other needle sizes called for in the pattern up or down? Say that the pattern called for 8’s for the body of the sweater and 6’s produced the correct gauge. The pattern called for 5’s for the cuffs . Would it be appropriate to go down two steps to 3’s? I’ve been wondering about this for the 50+ years I’ve been knitting.

Claire La Pointe

What do you mean when you use the term frogging?


Frogging is taking the work off the needles and pulling out your stitches back to the mistake.(Ripit,ripit, ripit, think frog calls ). ‘Tinking’ is backing out your stitches one at a time needle to needle. (Tink is knit backwards)


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