Yesterday, I almost finished the Zimushka hat.

Zimushka Almost Done

I’m so close I can almost taste it, and that’s true of my Eric socks as well.

The Eric socks just need a kitchener and then I have to pull out the other sock and add an inch of foot before finishing it up again. I hope I have enough yarn in that small mass of leftover yarn.

To undo the first sock, I have to find the end, pull out the kitchener and then frog the toe. Brilliantly bright light is necessary to do this. The sun is out and I’m ready!

First, find the end of the yarn. I turn the sock inside out and search the toe for any little sign.

Frogging Tutorial Step 1
There it is!

Once I find it, I use a needle to work the end free of the fabric and then plunge the needle into the place where I think the yarn is coming out so I can find it again when I turn the piece rightside out again.

Frogging Tutorial Step 2

With that space marked, it’s easy for me to know which side to start pulling. Once the yarn end is on the outside of the piece, I can use the needle to poke and prod and find where the looseness continues to start pulling out the kitchener.

Frogging Tutorial Step 3

The next few moments are all about perserverance and patience while I pull out the stitches of my kitchener.

Frogging Tutorial Step 4

The final thing I like to do before I begin to really get into frogging the toe is to mark a row where I want to stop. To do this, I weave a needle into several stitches of that row by inserting the needle into the right hand leg of each stitch.

Frogging Tutorial Step 5

With the needle in place, I start frogging!

Frogging Tutorial Step 6

Finally, I’ll get to the point where I’ve hit the needle and the frogging is done.

Frogging Tutorial Step 7

Do you see how the yarn is coming up over the top of the needle? That’s where it ended. Often, I find that I will skip down a row or up a row when I am weaving the needle into the row. This is the point where I DON’T PANIC.

All the stitches are secure on that needle.

I see easily that I can go back and move those stitches to a new needle and then continue to knit.

I go ahead and put the rest of the stitches on needles.

Frogging Tutorial - Stitches On

No problem.

Frogging Tutorial Step 8

Whoops!

Stitches definitely get dropped along the way. Usually this happens because of the extra stress put on the yarn when you are sliding the needle back into the stitches. The trick is to pick up the loop (even if it’s a few stitches down) and save the stitch that way. (This works for reversed stitches too.  Always grab the stitch with your needle.)

Frogging Tutorial Step 9

As I work my way around the first row, I’ll ladder the stitch back up and I’ll be all set to knit the rest of the piece again.

Frogging Tutorial Step 10

Success! Now I just have to finish off that other kitchener (so my needles are freed up) and I can start knitting again.

My favorite thing about knitting is how any mistake can be fixed, no matter what.  What a great way to start the day!