What is Tinking, you ask? Tink spelled backward is Knit. When we tink, we are taking out our knitting. Thus, the actions are in reverse. Think of it this way...
1. Insert needle
2. Wrap yarn around right needle
3. Pull yarn through
4. Drop back stitch off the left needle
1. Insert needle into the stitch below the one on your needle (be careful not to go down an extra row)
2. Unwrap the yarn
3. Arrange the working yarn so that it isn't laying over the needles
4. Drop the stitch of the right needle
Here are some pictures to help you with the steps. NOTE: When you are trying to figure out what spot to put the left needle into, pull up on the working yarn and down on the work. The little hole will open up that is immediately below the stitch that is sitting on your needle. (Still, uncertain? Look to see where the feet of the stitch on your needle is coming out. That is the correct spot.) You should also note that in these photos, I am taking out a purl stitch.
1. Inserting the needle:
2. Unwrap the yarn:
3/4. Arrange the yarn and drop the stitch off the right needle:
The other common tink question is when to tink and when not to tink. Here are my thoughts:
* Tink when you just need to get back a few stitches to a few rows to fix a problem.
* If you need to go back a LONG way to fix one stitch, evaluate if you can ladder to the error stitch. (Laddering will be covered in a later New Knitter Monday post, but in short it means that you get to the column in which your stitch is in and take out only the stitches in that row.)
* Tink if you are a new knitter and need to practice fixing mistakes.
* Tink if you feel like it. :)
* Tink if you are using a silk or slick yarn that does not allow for any pulling out of needles to rip out work.
Questions about tinking? Post a comment and I'll try to address. Happy Knitting!