Tinking is not much fun. But sometimes you need to undo that knitting and then you only have two choices: pull out the needles and start ripping, or undo one stitch at a time. Tinking is the one stitch-at-a-time way.
Did you know that Tink is knit spelled backwards? I didn’t. A student of mine had to point that out to me. And I should have known that not only because its pretty obvious (duh), but tinking is undoing knitting by working your needles in reverse.
Let Do Some Tinking
In the video below I start with a plain piece of stockinette and then move on to lace. One of the reasons tinking is hard to get the hang of is because each stitch is tinked differently. A k2tog is made differently from a ssk. It has to be tinked differently. In the video I show how to tink:
- yarn overs (those are dead simple)
- knit 2 togthers
- slip, slip, knits
Knit on with confidence (as Elizabeth Zimmermann said) and when you have to tink, do that with confidence too. If you have a lot of stitches to tink out you may need to find some quiet, bad-cat-free time. Go find a cup of coffee too. Don’t try to rush it. Tinking seems to require more concentration than knitting for some reason.
Like this video? I have more knitting tutorials and you might like those too. There are also tutorials for crochet and handspinning. And if you have a topic you want to see covered that I haven’t done, let me know. I take requests.