Fix knitting mistakes: Dropped and twisted stitches
A Free Knitting Lesson from Liz @PurlsAndPixels
It is fairly simple to fix knitting mistakes, as long as you don’t panic. Here, I will show you how to pick dropped stitches back up onto your needles and how to drop them so you can untwist knitting mistakes. Not sure what kind of mistake you made? Start with How to Spot Knitting Mistakes, then come back here to fix it.
How to fix a dropped knit stitch
EEK! A stitch fell off my needles while I was knitting! What do I do?
This is one of the most common knitting mistakes, for beginners and advanced knitters alike. When a stitch slips off your needle, it can feel like the end of the world, but don’t worry. Even if a few rows come undone, you can fix it.
Just remember, don’t pull on your work until your dropped stitches are back in place. You’ll drop more stitches.
With your fingers or a crochet hook, pull the string above your loose stitch through the loose stitch. Do this until there are no rows left. Make sure you knit the stitch you’ve just fixed and continue your work.
Video Tutorial: How to Fix Dropped & Twisted Stitches
Twisted stitches are fixed by intentionally dropping a stitch, straightening the column of stitches, and putting working the stitch back on the needle.
The video below will show you how to fix both dropped and twisted stitches. Watch me fix a twisted stitch in this video tutorial, then read the written directions below if you need more help.
How to fix twisted knit stitches
Fixing twisted stitches before you go too far in your work helps your knitting maintain a great stretch. Twisted stitches don’t stretch in the same way regular knit stitches do, so when you are finished, a twisted stitch can really stick out.
In order to fix a twisted knit stitch, you will intentionally drop a stitch off your needles so that you can untwist it. It may seem too risky to drop a stitch off your needles to get to a stitch that looks “ok,” but you will thank yourself for learning how to fix this knitting mistake when you are done with your project.
1. Knit up to the column where your twisted stitch is. Let the next stitch fall off your needle.
2. Gently pull out the stitches until you’ve pulled out the twisted stitch.
3. Turn the twisted stitch to ensure it is no longer twisted and stretches correctly.
4: With your fingers or a crochet hook, pull the string above your loose stitch through the loose stitch. Do this until there are no rows left. Make sure you knit the stitch you’ve just fixed and continue your work. It is fixed!
Twisted stitches in patterns
Occasionally, you will find a pattern that calls for twisting your stitches intentionally. These patterns will ask you to “knit through the back loop” or “purl through the back loop” of your stitch. Twisted stitches help in making patterns like the rice stitch. You can also use twisted stitches to help tighten increase stitches that would otherwise be loose or saggy on knit mittens, knit sweaters, and knit socks.
Now that you know how to fix knitting mistakes that might come up as you work, it’s time to learn about knitting patterns.
Now that we’ve picked ourselves up and gotten untwisted, let’s find out how to stop knitting.