Techniques

Fixing a Dropped Stitch in Garter

Last week I showed you how to pick up a dropped stitch in stockinette. In garter, though, there’s a bit of a trick to it. Garter needs the stitch to be knit from the front, then knit from the back (since that’s what garter is!) Which means you either have to remove the crochet hook and reposition for each row, OR — use a double-headed crochet hook! I always have one handy in one or more of my notions bags.

Here’s a video showing you how to pick a stitch up in garter:

Hopefully this was helpful!!

Next week I’ll continue talking about Knit Fixes, and show you how to handle a snag in your knitting.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Techniques

Fixing a Dropped Stitch in Stockinette

Dropped stitches are not the end of the world! Learn how to pick them up and save yourself from ripping out knitting just to fix one dropped stitch.

It’s really pretty easy, especially in stockinette fabric. All you need is a crochet hook (and maybe a locking stitch marker to make sure that stitch doesn’t run away any further.)

Here’s a video showing you the process:

Hopefully this is helpful to you, and will give you confidence the next time you drop a stitch!

(If you really want to gain confidence with this technique, try casting on a small swatch, and then drop a stitch on purpose – and practice picking it up!)

Next week I’ll show you how this works in garter stitch fabric, because it’s a tiny bit trickier in that!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Techniques

Stabilizing a neckline after the sweater is complete…

Hi everyone! Today’s post is about what to do if you finish your sweater and find that the neckline is just a bit too stretchy. This fix will only go so far, so it won’t fix something that is way too big, for example, but if the neckline seam is just a bit too stretchy, and the sweater is heavy and pulls it out of shape, then this fix might just be for you.

You’ll need a crochet hook and your project yarn, or a similar yarn.

What we’re going to do is work some slip-stitch crochet along the inside of the neck seam. This works best for sweaters that had a bound off edge and picked up stitches for the neckline treatment.

It’s best to work in sections, not all the way around – that way you can unwork and adjust your ratio or size of your crochet hook if you work it too tightly or it’s still too loose.

Here’s a video showing you how to work it and what it looks like:

Hopefully this is helpful!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

Techniques

“Mirror Knitting” – Purling Backwards Decreases

In the last post (for now) in this series, I’m showing you the decreases you may want to work while purling backwards. These would be a k2tog and ssk on the knit side, but here we are purling backwards, so they are the “backwards” p2tog and ssp.

If the purl side facing you is the RS of the work, then for blended decreases you’ll work a p2tog on the left and an ssp on the right. If, however, for some reason the knit side is the right side – you’ll need to make sure you work these the opposite order for blended decreases. When I turn the swatch over towards the end of the video you’ll see why — the decreases on the knit side are full fashioned and not blended. This is because a p2tog and a k2tog both lean right, and an ssk and an ssp both lean left (no matter which side of the fabric is facing you.)

Hopefully this series of tutorials was helpful!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Techniques

“Mirror Knitting” – Purling Backwards

The last two weeks I showed you the mirror knitting techniques of knitting backwards and knitting backwards decreases. Today I have purling backwards for you!

So, to recap — “mirror knitting” is working stitches off the RH needle from left to right, instead of how we normally (in western knitting) knit – working the stitches off the LH needle from right to left.

Purling backwards is working what would be a knit row if the other side of the fabric was facing us. But the purl side is facing, so we are purling backwards. You may want to purl backwards if your entrelac blocks are being worked in reverse stockinette, or in garter stitch.

Next week I’ll show you how to work decreases while purling backwards.

Until then, Happy Knitting!