Okay, I know everyone who read the title of this post just recoiled in fear and horror. Dropping a stitch is an annoying and terrible experience that we all have or will encounter. The first video you see will be how to fix an accidentally dropped stitch so everyone can have peace of mind! The true topic of today’s post is how to drop a stitch, on purpose, and follow it down to fix a mistake.
Now that everyone has seen how to pick up a dropped stitch I hope you will be more comfortable trying out the techniques outlined in this post.
I love dropping a stitch to fix mistakes because that means I don’t have to rip out several inches of work to fix something small and relatively insignificant. I most commonly use this technique when I am doing colour-work and have made a stitch of the wrong colour within the pattern. The fiddlehead mittens for example, if I messed up the pattern I will usually find out along the next row. In this case, I carefully drop the stitch with the wrong colour and pick up the yarn of the right colour. Usually the yarn is just carried behind so it is very easy to pick it up. If you weave in the back of your colour work as you go, you can usually get away with one or two stitches of changed colour.
You can also drop a stitch down to take out an accidental increase that the accursed knitting pixies put into your knitting; because we all know it was definitely not us. If you missed an increase or added one too many you can fix it by dropping down a stitch; the same thing goes for decreases.
If you are doing a particular stitch, such as a textured stitch and you went off your pattern, you can drop the stitch down and fix it. It is much easier to drop the stitch down and move a purl bump over one row rather than rip out two inches of knitting. The same rules apply if you shift the stitches on a seed stitch or a rib pattern.
As with fixing any mistake, catching it early is really REALLY helpful. Once I had dropped a stitch in my stockinet stitch and I had continued knitting for about six more inches. Needless to say that if I picked up this stitch it would have looked like a run in the fabric of my scarf. I ended up fudging it and threaded yarn through the live stitch and wove it into the fabric so you could not really see where it was dropped. It looked like a very subtle increase, but I am crazy enough with my knitting that I always noticed it. I finally had to give the scarf away before it drove me insane!
The moral of the story is, watch your knitting. Make sure you don’t drop a stitch on accident or go completely off the reservation with your pattern. There is safety in numbers stay on the reservation!