Rescuing a dropped stitch in the row below

After you pin the dropped stitch to secure it (refer to the preceding section), continue working the row above until you reach the pinned stitch directly below. Fortunately, rescuing a stitch dropped in the row below is a simple matter. Basically, you just need to pick up the unworked horizontal strand of yarn behind the stitch and pull it through the dropped stitch. How you go about it depends on whether you want to make a knit stitch or a purl stitch.

To make a knit stitch

If the knit side of your work is facing, rescue the stitch as follows:

1. Insert your RH needle into the front of the dropped stitch.

Look behind the stitch. You'll see the horizontal strand of yarn that didn't get pulled through.

  1. With the RH needle, go under the unworked strand from the front (see Figure 7-3). Both the strand and the stitch are on the RH needle.
  2. Insert the LH needle into the stitch from the back (see Figure 7-4) and pull it over the strand.

You've just "worked" the stitch that was dropped in the last row. Now you need to knit the stitch in the current row, as the next step describes.

4. Put the new stitch on the LH needle in the ready-to-knit position (see Figure 7-5) and knit as normal.

Figure 7-2:

A dropped knit stitch and ladder.

Dropped stitch


Figure 7-3:

A dropped knit stitch ready to be worked.

Figure 7-4:

Insert the LH needle into the dropped stitch.

Ready-to-knit position

Figure 7-5:

Transfer the stitch to the ready-to-kmt position.

Check to see that you've made a smooth knitted V stitch. To make a purl stitch

If the purl side is facing, or if you're working in garter stitch, rescue the dropped stitch as follows:

1. Insert the RH needle into the dropped stitch and the yarn strand from the back, as shown in Figure 7-6.

Figure 7-6:

Pick up a dropped purl stitch.

Figure 7-6:

Pick up a dropped purl stitch.

Strand Dropped stitch

If you can't readily pick up a dropped stitch from the back or front, pick it up any way you can and put it on the RH needle.

2. Using the LH needle, pull the stitch over the strand and off the needle, forming a new stitch on the RH needle (see Figure 7-7).

Place the new stitch on the LH needle in the ready-to-work position (see Figure 7-8) and purl (or knit, for a garter stitch) as normal.

Figure 7-8:

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

Check to see that you have a bump below the stitch.

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