A dropped stitch can be your worst enemy, but once you get to know it better, you’ll be great friends! You already know how to drop stitches, right? You’re halfway there! Learn how to pick them back up (or not!) within a variety of stitch patterns and for a multitude of reasons. Stockinette? Garter stitch? Cables? Edge stitches? Cast-on stitches? No problem!
Techniques to be covered
- Anatomy of a stitch
- Picking up stitches dropped 1 row
- Picking up stitches dropped multiple rows
- Stockinette stitch
- Garter/seed stitch
- Edge stitches
- Cast-on row
- Phoney seam
- Dropping stitches on purpose (to fix mistakes; for a stitch pattern)
- A sampling of dropped-stitch patterns
- 50 gms smooth, light colored, #4 (worsted weight) yarn
- US 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles, approximately 7″ in length
- G (4 mm) crochet hook
- 3 stitch holders (for homework)
- cable needle
Swatch #1: Cast on 16 stitches. Work in stockinette stitch (knit RS rows, purl WS rows) for 3″. Do not bind off. Place on holder and cut yarn, leaving a 12″ tail.
Swatch #2: Cast on 16 stitches. Work in garter stitch (knit every row) for 3″. Do not bind off. Place on holder and cut yarn, leaving a 1 yd tail.
Swatch #3: Cast on 16 stitches. Row 1: K4, p8, k4. Row 2: P4, k8, p4. Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 3″. Do not bind off. Place on holder and cut yarn, leaving a 12″ tail.