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Correcting Knitting Errors

Correcting Knitting Errors

A dropped stitch need not be a disaster, the most important thing is to stop it running any further down your knitting. A wrongly worked stitch, several rows below, can also easily be corrected with a crochet hook and some patience.

picking up dropped knit stitch
picking up dropped knit stitch

Picking up a Dropped Knit Stitch.

1, Stop the stitch from running down any further by slipping it onto the right-hand needle.With the point of the right-hand needle pick up the loop of yarn between the 2nd. st. on the right-hand needle and the 1st.st. on the left-hand needle.

2, Insert the point of the left-hand needle through the dropped stitch.

picking up dropped knit stitch
picking up dropped knit stitch

3, Pass the stitch on the right-hand needle over the loop of yarn and off the needle, thus "knitting" it.

4, Pass the stitch back on to the left-hand needle, taking care not to twist it,it is now ready to knit in the usual way.

picking up dropped purl stitch
picking up dropped purl stitch

Picking up a Dropped Purl Stitch.

1, Stop the stitch from running down any further by slipping it onto the right-hand needle.With the point of the right-hand needle pick up the loop of yarn between the 2nd. st. on the right-hand needle and the 1st.st. on the left-hand needle.

2, Insert the point of the left-hand needle through the dropped stitch.

picking up dropped purl stitch
picking up dropped purl stitch

3, Pass the stitch on the right-hand needle over the loop of yarn and off the needle, thus "purling" it.

4, Pass the stitch back on to the left-hand needle, taking care not to twist it,it is now ready to purl in the usual way.

correcting an error in stocking stitch
correcting an error in stocking stitch

Correcting an Error in Stocking Stitch.

1,The stitches are shown on one needle only for clarity. Work to the position directly above the error. Insert a crochet hook into the centre of the stitch below where the mistake is, then drop the stitch directly above this stitch off the needle and let it unravel down to the crochet hook.

2, Use the crochet hook to pick up the bars of yarn in order,making sure that you do not split the yarn. Slip the final stitch back onto the left-hand needle and continue working across the row.

correcting an error in garter stitch

Correcting an Error in Garter Stitch.


1,The stitches are shown on one needle only for clarity. Work to the position directly above the error. Insert a crochet hook into the centre of the stitch below where the mistake is, then drop the stitch directly above this stitch off the needle and let it unravel down to the crochet hook. You will see that the bars of yarn run alternatively across the back and front of the work. To pick up a bar at the back of the work insert the crochet hook from front to back through the stitch and pick up the bar using the method given above.

2,To pick up the bar at the front of the work insert the crochet hook from back to front of the stitch and bring it out above the bar.Pull the bar through the stitch. Repeat these two steps until all the bars have been picked up. Slip the stitch back onto the left-hand needle and continue working across the row.


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