Rescuing a dropped stitch from several rows below

Rescuing a dropped stitch that's several rows down is actually pretty easy. All you need is a crochet hook and to know whether to draw the unworked strand through the dropped stitch from the front or the back — and that depends on whether you're working with a stockinette stitch or a garter stitch.

In stockinette stitch

To rescue a dropped stitch from the knit side of stockinette stitch (if the purl side is facing, turn it around), reach through the dropped stitch with a crochet hook and pick up the bottommost strand in the ladder (see Figure 7-9). Then pull the strand through the stitch toward you to form a new stitch. Repeat this maneuver to pull each successive strand in the ladder through the loop until the last strand has been worked.

Aim to make your rescued stitches the same size as their neighbors. After you work the dropped stitch in and get back to working your current row, give a little tug on your work in each direction to blend the stitches.

Figure 7-8:

Replace the rescued stitch in the ready-to-work position.

In garter stitch

To pick up several rows of dropped stitches in garter stitch, you have to alternate the direction from which you pull the ladder strands through the dropped stitch. Pull through the front of the stitch to create a knit stitch, and pull through the back of the stitch for a purl.

To determine whether you pull through the front or back of the stitch, follow the bottom strand to the side (either way) to see what the stitch connected to it looks like. A stitch that looks like a V is a knit stitch; one that looks like a bump is a purl stitch. (Pull gently on the strand to locate the neighboring stitches if you need to.) You can see the connected stitches in Figure 7-10.

When you know whether the first stitch to be rescued is a knit or purl stitch, the fix is a cinch.

1. Fix the first stitch.

If it's a knit stitch (it looks like a V), pick up the dropped stitch from the front. Refer to the preceding section and Figure 7-9 for detailed instructions. If it's a purl stitch, pick it up from the back, as shown in Figure 7-11.

2. Alternate pulling stitches from each direction until you've pulled through the last strand.

If you fixed the first stitch by pulling the strand through the front, fix the next stitch by pulling the strand through the back, and so on.

3. Put the last loop onto the LH needle in the ready-to-work position and work it as normal.

If you pull a loop through from a strand in the wrong row, you'll have a major — and unsightly — glitch in your work. So pick up the strands of yarn in the proper order, and check to make sure that the stitch you've made matches the ones next to it.

Figure 7-11:

Pick up a dropped purl stitch from the back.

Figure 7-11:

Pick up a dropped purl stitch from the back.

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