December 17: Ms. Fix It

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It seems like I spend much of my time fixing knitting goofs. Many mistakes can be easily remedied without starting over, and I am often able to correct what is wrong. Sometimes, we just have to pull the plug and rip it back.

One “oops” that is never fun to fix, and often catastrophic is when you drop the stitch all the way down to the cast on. Today I’m going to walk you through how to fix this without starting over!

Dropped Stitch – Long Tail Cast On

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For demonstration purposes I cast on with 2 different colors of yarn. The orangish shade is the thumb yarn.

It is helpful if you have some understanding of the construction of a long tail cast on. The yarn carried on your thumb should always be the tail. This is the yarn that makes the loops at the very bottom of the cast on, and are orangish in my sample. The yarn that is carried on your index finger is your working yarn, and it creates a row of knitting as you cast on. This is the gray yarn in my sample.

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Oops! I dropped a stitch and let it completely unravel.

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I picked up the lowest strand of yarn, with a crochet hook and gave it a twist around the hook making sure it twisted in the same direction as the other loops. I then pulled the lowest strand of gray yarn through the orange loop, creating a stitch. You continue pulling the gray strands through until all rows of dropped stitches are picked up.

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Voilá! Dropped stitch is fixed, and you can’t even tell that anything went wrong.

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Let’s now apply this to a more realistic example. After all, you usually don’t cast on with two different colors of yarn. First identify the lowest strand of yarn.

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Insert the crochet hook under this strand from top to bottom.

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Twist the hook counterclockwise, creating a loop on the hook. Pull the next strand through this loop, and continue until all strands have been pulled through.

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Place stitch on needle and the problem is solved!

It doesn’t hurt to knit a tiny swatch using two colors for the cast on and practice this before tackling it on your project.

This can be done with other methods of casting on, however long-tail is what we encounter the most. For other cast on methods I’d recommend making a two color sample, see how the yarns travel and practice recreating the stitches.

Or you can always come see me. One of the many benefits of being a SWAK customer!

 

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