I Did It!!!

I did something today that I have resisted doing ever since I started knitting. Now some of you may think that I am being crazy, but I have resisted trying to fix a mistake or catch a dropped stich. I would usally frog the project and start over. Well today I was working on a sock on size 0 dpns self-stripping yarn. I noticed that I had droped a stich a couple of rows back. Now I really had ot resist frogging, worked my way back to the place where I dropped the stich and caught up the stich and started working again. Yeah for me!!! I had ot tell someone. Thanks for listening.


Hi Barry, good fo you. You can go back 5-6 rows on a single stitch and pick up a dropped stitch. This only works with the help of a crochet needle - but it works very well. If you do it this way then you don't have to pull out any of your hard work.


MMario's picture

well - you can sometimes do a "crochet hook" fix with the tip of another needle
- handiest when you are working with dpn's and tend to have a loose one around.

I'm back-asswards from you though - I resist frogging unless there is no way I can possibly "fix" the mistake...

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I sometimes play a character who does.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

kylewilliam's picture

Crochet hooks work well - but I use a tool from machine knitting - it's basically a "latch hook" - but Florence from my LYS gave the vintage one to me - you slip it under the yarns.... and around the yarn you need to move up, and in good old fashioned latch hook style, the hook closes on itself and holds the "target yarn" until you have it through the loop it needs to go through - it's much easier to show than to write about - use the latch hook just like the crochet hook - you'll find yourself almost dropping stitches on purpose just to pick them back up again! (I have only done this stuff on stockinette stitch; I have no clue what you do if you drop a stitch in a cable!)





Tallguy's picture

Oh, I never ever have frogged anything! I just will NOT do it.. I have a rule, and I am very stubborn. I have ripped out some practice knitting, but that is different.

If there is a mistake, I will fix it. Immediately. Or later, when I find it. There are many ways to do this, but if you only have one dropped stitch, the only thing to do is latch it up! Simple, and easy, and it works.

I remember a time that I knitted on my sock at the library, looking out the window, and enjoying the scene. I can do that at the same time as knitting -- it was all stocking stitch. When I looked at it an hour later, I found that I had somehow dropped a stitch way back when I started, and I was NOT going to rip all that work out.

So when I got home, I simply used a crochet hook to make new stitches where it should have been. Only thing is, as I worked up nearer to the current rows, it became very very tight! There wasn't any yarn left for a new stitch between the others. However, I was not going to rip out! So that last few rows were a real test to see how far I could make that yarn stretch to accommodate a new stitch! It was very tight.

As I worked the next row, I wondered if I should leave it like that, or break my rule and rip out a few rows. But as I worked around, thinking about this, I found that those marvellous neighbouring stitches just shifted a bit, made room for the newcomer, and they all lived happily ever after! You couldn't even see where those tight stitches were! Amazing! My rule still stands.

So learn to repair your work. Comes in VERY handy many times!