That’s right! I dropped a stitch and I’m happy about it. For those who don’t knit, dropping a stitch is usually not a good thing. It can be the reason for much frustration and hair pulling for beginning knitters, and can also cause them to rip out fabric that took them hours to create. Hey, I’ve done it.
But as you gain experience and confidence with your knitting skills, a dropped stitch is no longer a big deal.
I’ll show you how to fix a dropped stitch in a future post, but this time, I’m keeping that dropped stitch right where it is.
Shay Pendray, Laura Bryant, and Barry Klein on the set of Knitting Daily
I recently caught an older episode of Knitting Daily where Laura Bryant of Prism Yarns and Barry Klein of Trendsetter Yarns (LOVE them!) show how to use dropped stitches to your advantage.
The scarf pattern is worked in garter stitch. It’s a great take-a-long project to work on while waiting at the doctor’s office or while your kids are at music lessons.
I chose a ball of TLC Cara Mia (Acrylic/Nylon/Rayon/Angora) that I’ve had for years. It finally told me what it wanted to be when it grew up!
2 columns of dropped stitches so far
Don’t be nervous. But do be aware that you knit the entire scarf before dropping any stitches. See how the dropped stitch is dropped all the way down the length of the scarf?
Bind Off edge showing the width of 3 stitches for 1 dropped stitch
Laura had a great tip that each dropped stitch will have the width of 3 stitches, so the bind off has some special tricks to it.
When looking at these photos, please keep in mind that my scarf isn’t quite finished. I have some more to bind off and stitches still left to drop. When it’s complete, there will be 4 columns of dropped stitches. You can kind of see where the other 2 dropped-stitch columns will be on the photo above. There are vertical indentions where the columns of new dropped stitches will be.
Get the pattern at Knitting Daily TV and drop some stitches on purpose! And if you like the scarf that Laura shows at the beginning of the segment, that pattern is here.
I’d love to see your dropped stitch scarves. Dive into your stash and see what you come up with.