When you realise you have dropped a stitch, you have to be
able to find it so that you can fix it.
When using a plain classic yarn, it is easier to spot a dropped
stitch when working stocking stitch, garter stitch or a simple
pattern stitch. However, some yarns are so complex that it is hard
to see where the stitch has been dropped. If you canít see the
dropped stitch, hold the knitting over white or against a light
source and you should be able to see the hole [pic 3].
3: A white background helps to locate a hole.
Another way is to try looking at the knitting
in a mirror. Seeing it in reverse can help you spot where the
sequence has gone wrong.
When searching for the missing stitch, donít stretch the knitting or
pull at it, because the released dropped stitch will start a ladder
run, compounding the problem and making more to repair.
If you find the missed stitch quite quickly, then you can fix it
without too much trouble, but a stitch missing some rows down is
usually impossible to correct without unpicking. The threads
connecting the stitches above a dropped stitch tighten after a row
or two, and leave no room to pick up the dropped stitch and to fit
in the extra stitches above it [pic 4,5].
4: (left) Threads closed over a dropped stitch.
5: (right) Forcing in stitches where there really is
no space will result in a cramped area.
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