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Technique Tuesday: Fixing Dropped Stitches

Essentially a dropped stitch is a loop of knitting that has been dropped off the active needle and is no longer being held, this enables it to unravel down the work. To stop this you must place the dropped stitch onto the left needle right leg forward and work the loops in order up to the active row.

Fixing a dropped stitch in stockinette stitch
With a swatch of active stockinette stitches on the needle work across to the middle of the swatch, drop one stitch and allow it (or help it) to unravel at least 4 rows. 

RS Knit Stitch: Place dropped stitch onto the left needle right leg forward, *insert left needle tip below bottom ladder rung, use right tip to lift stitch over bottom ladder rung and create a stitch, rep from * for remaining ladder rungs.



Fixing a dropped stitch in garter stitch
With a swatch of active garter stitches on the needle work across to the middle of the swatch, drop one stitch and allow it (or help it) to unravel at least 4 rows. Observe whether the last worked row was a knit row on the WS or the RS, you can count rows down from the active row to help you decide. If you need to work  a RS knit stitch, work as above, if you need to work a WS knit stitch work as below, alternate between a RS knit stitch and a WS knit stitch for pattern. 

WS Knit Stitch: Place dropped stitch onto the right needle right leg forward, *insert right needle tip below bottom ladder rung and bring active stitch behind ladder rung with active stitch still on needle and ladder rung across tip of right needle, use left tip to lift stitch over bottom ladder rung and create a stitch; rep from * for WS knit stitch. 
Garter stitch can also be fixed by working a RS knit stitch then turning the work and working another RS knit stitch. 

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