Knitting Help – Saving a Dropped Stitch with a Scrap of Yarn


[music] I got an email from a gal not too long ago
I think it was a Ravelry message, she asked me a good question. she said, staci, i dropped a stitch, I’m working
on a lace pattern and i dropped a stitch way back when. i’ve already knit on forever since then. you know, a few inches since then. there’s no way i can pull that dropped stitch
back up to the needle because there’s no room for it, becaues i didn’t even know i dropped
it until five minutes ago. and with that email – it was a good question. but basically she cursed me, because i did
the exact same thing in my own knitting the next day! [laughs] so that’s why were here! i actually have my own knitting project here
and a stitch that i dropped. i was watching a really good tv series, the
tv series Fargo, it was really good, i was really into it, i dropped a stitch, i just
kept going. i didn’t know that i dropped the stitch. and it was a stitch on the edge, anyway. so even if i did notice it, i probably would
have had to rip back to get to it. and i had already moved on several inches,
and there is like, in this project, there is like 700 cast on. [laughs] so i’m taking kind of a risk here. i’m going to fix this real problem that i
didn’t set up to be a problem to correct in video. this really happened because i was really
into a tv series and i didn’t even know i did it. let’s go ahead and take a look – i hope this
goes well! okay, normally, i show you things that are
knit and steamed and made for video to look nice. this is real life, this is the project i’m
really working on. it’s not steamed, so it’s kind of lumpy and
stretchy, but this is the way things actually look when you’re knitting them. i dropped this edge stitch – this is one – there
is a dog hair on here, too! it’s so real! this is one by one ribbing, and i dropped
a stitch here. this would have been difficult to pick up
under any circumstances because it’s on the edge. i would have had to rip back, probably to
the row before, and i don’t even know how many rows this slipped down before i caught
it. i just did catch it! and i got a clippie marker in there right
away. so this is how i’m going to fix this. and this is the same technique whether you
are working on lace, or, anytime you just really can’t rip back to get this thing corrected. i have a tapestry needle and the same yarn
that i’m using in the project. and this stitch very carefully held. my goal here is to secure it so that it can’t
unravel anymore. and hopefully make it so that it looks really
good. so what i did there is i ran the yarn through
it, and then it stretched the fabric to make sure the stitch isn’t pulled out any. it isn’t stretched out any more than it absolutley
needs to be. i’m going to flip this over to the back. that’s really where i want to weave this in. to keep it from getting bulky, i’m going to
weave in the two ends independently. because this is rib, i’m going to follow the,
i’m going to follow the rib down a little bit. i just really want to get it away from the
edge. that’s one strand. this second strand is goign to make it clear,
the other side – not second strand. other side of the scrap yarn. is going to make it clear if this is going
to look good or not. and i’m weaving them in just slightly differently
from each other. okay. now i’m going to pull on this scrap yarn. see, i have my fingers crossed that this looks
good, because sometimes it takes some experimentation to make sure that your finished project is
going to look good. look at that! that actually looks really smooth. i’m happy with that. i don’t think i coudl do any better than that. and now if this was a non-animal fiber yarn,
i would definitely tie a bunch of knots in this. to make sure that it was secure. but this is a wool yarn, and a pretty sticky
wool yarn that i know has been spit splicing really well. so, whoops – that was probably off camera. so i’m just going to weave in these ends. and here’s my video on weaving in ends in
ribbing. which is exactly what i’m doing right now. and i know it’s hard to see – i did not create
this problem for video! [laughs] so it’s not in the ideal color of yarn for
everyone to see what i’m doing. but i’ll weave in both of those ends. that edge looks really good. you’d never know that i dropped a stitch there. i’d say that was pretty successful, considering
that it could have been a disaster. anyway, that’s how to save a stitch. you need a clippie marker and a little bit
of good luck. good luck! [whooshing sounds] [music]

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