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Jan 7, 2019 09:42:37   #
engblom
 
This is probably common knowledge but as here are both knitting veterans and beginners I decided to create this topic. Yesterday I finished a pair of socks. I was not fully satisfied with the toe section of the first sock, so I made the other a bit different. This meant I had to rip up the first one a redo it. This is how I do in these kind of situations:

With stockinette there will be a lot of Vs all around the sock. I simply pick up all right legs of these Vs all around the sock. One can use smaller needles if it is too tight to push in the needles. Then I rip until I have all the live stitches on the needles. As the old toe section is still there when I place the needles, I can easily place them in a such way that I will always have the decreases at the needle ends, in the same way as when I knitted the toe section.

It really is good to be able to pick up the stitches before ripping.
 
Jan 7, 2019 09:51:58   #
Sukiesue (a regular here)
 
Good idea, thanks!
Jan 7, 2019 09:53:03   #
JLEIGH
 
Might be common knowledge to many, but I thank you for sharing your knowledge with me!
Jan 7, 2019 10:06:18   #
ditchwitch
 
Thank you! Good hint!
Jan 7, 2019 10:08:57   #
SQM (a regular here)
 
Ah! I always twist the stitches when I frog so now I know to go for the right leg. Big thanks.
Jan 7, 2019 10:10:39   #
Dsynr (a regular here)
 
I may put a circ cord into the sts I want to pick up and use so I don't have to start from scratch every time.
 
Jan 7, 2019 10:29:15   #
Linda6885
 
Yes, exacly the correct way to keep all your stitches. You can do this same thing with a toe up sock. But with the toe up sock, pick up stitches all around, cut toe off above the picked up stitches, then knit a new toe. Good way to repair a toe on an older sock too.
Jan 7, 2019 10:30:18   #
somnus
 
Wow, thank you for that. I always struggle when I have to rip out...either miss stitches or split the wool. Will definitely use your method in future...why didn't I think of that!!!!
Jan 7, 2019 10:30:21   #
somnus
 
Wow, thank you for that. I always struggle when I have to rip out...either miss stitches or split the wool. Will definitely use your method in future...why didn't I think of that!!!!
Jan 7, 2019 10:32:30   #
Ellie RD (a regular here)
 
I bought a 40" size 0 circular that works perfectly for this. Once I have all of the right legs picked up, I rip back and then knit onto the proper needle. However, my preferred method is to put a lifeline in on my original knitting.
Jan 7, 2019 10:56:57   #
engblom
 
SQM wrote:
Ah! I always twist the stitches when I frog so now I know to go for the right leg. Big thanks.

Because "right" got two meanings, it is quite easy to remember to pick up the "right" leg.
 
Jan 7, 2019 12:28:35   #
desireeross
 
Great tip, thank you
Jan 8, 2019 07:22:03   #
betty boivin (a regular here)
 
Thanks!
Jan 8, 2019 13:19:45   #
suzhuz (a regular here)
 
Thanks....never tried this.
 
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