How To Fix A Dropped Knit Stitch 10 Rows Down

Dropped Knit Stitch 10 Rows Down

Whoops! So you've messed up your knitting - bad.

You've got a dropped knit stitch (or more than one), and it's way down there.

That's okay! After you watch this video, you won't care how far down your stitches have gone - I'm going to teach you how to rescue them!

You don't need a crochet hook, either.

Thanks to Biancopus in the KnitFreedom Forum for suggesting this video!

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20 thoughts on “How To Fix A Dropped Knit Stitch 10 Rows Down”

  1. I understand how to do this now, but I have a question. Does the process change, or how does it change if the dropped stitches were purls, not knits? I tried this on a scarf I was knitting, was practicing the continental method, but dropped a stitch, however, even though I knew how to fix it, I could not because the yarn was boucle and I could not find the stitch. This would have freaked me out before your video, but thanks to you, I did not freak this time, I just took them all out, row by row, and picked up each stitch. I had to go down 4 rows, but was able to do it, and when I went to knit/purl them back on, I was very excited that I really could tell if the stitch was facing the correct way. Thanks again, Rae

    1. Hi Rae! I’m so glad my videos helped you! And UGH on picking up dropped stitches on boucle yarn. You must have been very persistent to fix that. Nice work!

      If it’s a purl stitch that you’ve dropped, here’s my tip – turn your work around and fix the stitch AS IF it’s a knit stitch. Then, turn your work back around and continue!

  2. You saved my again!

    I’m making a pair of ML toe-up 2 at a time and have twice today dropped an edge stitch. The second drop was almost the whole COLUMN of stitches. I was able to get it put back on and it looks fine.

    1. Hi Sherri –

      That’s wonderful! I’m so glad that the video helped you learn how to fix your dropped stitch. :) Keep up the great work!

      1. Thank you so much for tutorial on dropped stitches. I always used to use a crochet hook, but your way is so much easier.

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  4. Yeah! that was one of the mistakes that caused me the most problems. I didn’t know how to pick up 2 or more dropped stitches. But now I do so I’m going to practice that until I’m comfortable. Don’t you just love making mistakes.

  5. Thank you so much in the past I have made a even bigger mess and finally said the heck with it and either quit the piece or pulled all the way out!!! Thanks so much.

  6. Some of the videos show how to run a think needle or circular needed through a row many levels down, then rip down to that point. But they show it facing a knit side. What if you alternated knit and pearl sections on the same side. I get that you need to put the needle through the right side of the knit stitch, but I have no clue where to run the needle through the pearl stitches as I’m trying to secure a lower row all the way across, then rip to taht point.

    any tips?

  7. I am knitting a shawl beginning it again and thought I was watching each repeat to make sure the lace pattern was correct. One on the sections is all off.

    How do I un knit a section bc the pattern is off?

    Can I send you a photo and the pattern?

    1. Hi Bonnie,

      Great to hear from you! I’m sorry your shawl got all messed up on one part. This will be an advanced technique for sure, but you don’t need to begin again if it’s only one section that is off.

      First, mark the row where you see that the pattern is still ok – right before the stitches got “off.” Then, remove the stitches in that section from the needle and pull out the stitches until they unravel. It may be 10 or 15 rows down – that’s ok. Put the row that is correct on your needle. You will have 10 or 15 ladders of yarn above that row.

      Look at your stitches to determine what row was just done. Was it a wrong-side or work-even row (a purl row)? If so, it will be time to do a pattern row. If you see evidence of k2togs and yos on the needle, it is probably time to do a plain (work-even) row.

      It’s important that you pinpoint where you are. Once you have, use the ladder closest above your stitches to re-knit the next row of the pattern. Repeat for each subsequent row until you have reworked all the stitches back up to the top of your knitting.

      I know it sounds crazy to do this and, worse comes to worst, you can always begin the shawl again if this doesn’t work, but I have done it MANY times and it’s totally possible.

      Good luck!


  8. Wait, WHAT? I watched this video five times and was still lost. It goes too fast, and it is sometimes hard to see what you’re doing. I tried to follow it but couldn’t and had to rip out two hours of work (more than I originally messed up) due to making things even worse by trying to follow your instructions. Major disaster, incredibly frustrating!

    1. Hey Chris, I’m really sorry that this video didn’t help you. And that you had to rip out more does sound really frustrating. I know you’re upset and that the video didn’t help when you were hoping it would.

      If you have time later, apart from the project you’re working on, it might be worthwhile to knit a very small swatch and practice this technique. I recommend just dropping one stitch, then picking it up. Next, drop the the same stitch down one row, and fix it. Continue practicing by dropping the stitch down two, then three, then four rows, and picking it back all the way up.

      I hope this helps!

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