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10: Dropped Stitches

This is the chapter that I knew had to be in this book, but kept avoiding because I couldnít get my thoughts around how to explain what to do without some difficult mental acrobatics. (My mind and I are not at all sporty.) I finally had to attack the concept because I phoned my daughter, living in New York, and was astounded to hear that she had started knitting a shawl. In fact, when she answered the phone, she told me to wait a moment, she was finishing a row. I thought I had the wrong number!

My daughter was the only child who didnít finish a sweater when her teacher arranged for me to give the class a series of knitting lessons. I still have the piece of knitting she produced so painfully all those years ago. Although I consider her a genius in many ways, she certainly didnít show any aptitude for knitting.

So there she was, half a world away, asking me to tell her how to fix DROPPED STITCHES!

Hold on. Here we go!

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Look at the construction of a bit of knitting. Worked in rows, stitches are linked horizontally and vertically to each other to form the fabric [pic 1].


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Stitches, whether knit or purl, link in four different directions. When you pick up a dropped stitch, you have to re-establish the sequence.

If you drop a stitch, it breaks the sequence of the knitting and so you will need to know, first of all, how to find the dropped stitch and then what to do about it.

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Detective work: finding the dropped stitch

Dropped stitches hide!

If you count every few rows as you knit, you will quickly notice if you have dropped a stitch. Counting regularly is much easier than unpicking miles of stitches to get back to a hole. If you havenít been counting, you donít see it happen, but you eventually realise that you are knitting less stitches than when you started. Sometimes there are quite a few dropped stitches, and the knitting is starting to become a triangle [pic 2].


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There are three almost invisible dropped stitches here, and this piece is well on the way to becoming a triangle!
 

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