How-To: Fixing a Dropped Stitch

Learn how to fix a dropped stitch on either the knit or purl side of stockinette.

Hi, this is Amanda from Berroco, and I'll be demonstrating how to fix a dropped stitch. The yarn I'm using for this sample is Berroco Vintage

Now, I've created a scenario here where I was knitting across this row, and I was ready to knit the next stitch, when suddenly, it fell off my needle and ran a little bit, and now the loop is down here. So now I'll demonstrate how we would fix this and get that loop up where it belongs. 

For correcting dropped stitches, my favorite tool to use is a crochet hook. I find these easier and faster than trying to do it with a pair of knitting needles, so I always use a hook, and what I'm going to do is insert my hook from the front to the back through the top stitch, the last stitch that hasn't run yet, so that I have that on there. And now it's not going to run any further because my hook is going to prevent it from doing so. So now that I have that safe, when I look at the strands running behind, I can see four strands, so what I want to do is work each strand one by one, which will count for one of those rows, and get my loop back up to the top. So first, I'm going to grab the lowest stitch, or lowest loop, and I'm going to draw that through the loop on my hook. So that's one row fixed, and I'm going to repeat the same thing, always going for the closest strand to my hook, and draw that through. And it's easy to accidentally miss one of these strands, so keep an eye on that and make sure you don't skip any. And then here's my last one. So now, I can slip this stitch back onto my needle, and everything is ready for me to knit. So that's how to correct a dropped stitch on the knit side.

In this next scenario, I've created a situation where I was purling across this row, and dropped a stitch without realizing it and just kept going. And now, at the end of the row I realize what I did, and now I need to go back and fix it. So what I'm going to have to do is work my way back. I'm just going to slip stitches one by one, so I don't disrupt their orientation on the needle, until I get to the place where the dropped stitch happend. So now, if I look here, I can see that the column of this stitch is running along here, and the column of this stitch ran along here. So it's between these two stitches that I need to bring that stitch up. So I'll slip the last one over, and now I know that I'm in the right spot. The first thing to do is to locate the last intact stitch, the last one that hasn't run. And so that's this one down here, and what I'm going to do is insert my hook into that loop and just kind of yank it around a little bit, so that it will open up and I don't have to worry about it running right now. Because I'm on the purl side of the fabric and I need to work purl stitches all the way up this, I'm going to do it a little differently than I did for the knit side. So what I need to do is locate the first strand of the next row, and move that to the front of my loop, and then I'm going to insert my hook through the loop from the back to the front, and now I'm going to grab that first strand and pull it back through. So I'm going to keep repeating this process, and put my loop in the back and the next strand in front, and then use my hook to draw that strand back through my loop. And up here you can kind of see that these stitches have started to fill in and the gap is smaller, so I can just kind of use my fingers to stretch that strand out a little more so there's more for me to work with when I get up towards the top. Now I'm up to the very last strand, and then I can hang that back on my needle. And now it's corrected.

I tend to be a lot quicker fixing a dropped stitch from the knit side versus the purl side. So even if the purl side happens to be the right side of my fabric, if I have dropped a stitch and I want to fix it quickly, a lot of times what I'll do is just flip it, so that the knit side is facing me, correct the dropped stitch, and flip it back around and continue working with the purl side facing me. That's all there is to it, thanks for watching!