It can happen to even the most professional knitters, that stitch falls off the needle, or simply does a nose dive through a few rows of knitting. With me, I was knitting away one evening, and my cat jumped up on my knee and pulled my knitting and a few stitches fell off the needle.
I thought, great, now what. But luckily I was using larger stitches and needles and was able to "reknit" them using the knitting needle, but the best way is with a crochet hook. So even if you do not crochet, it wouldn't hurt to have one in your supplies. They are handy for blending in yarn ends as well as adding fringe to a scarf and of course, picking up dropped knitting stitches.
The video below shows you how to pick up a dropped garter stitch (knitting both sides). I found this video to be the clearest and easiest to follow and is only a couple of minutes long.
Look at Your Knitting Every Few Rows
I try and take a quick look at the knitting piece growing from my needles just to make sure no stitches did a nose dive when I wasn't looking! This can easily happen when you are working on projects that have you putting your work away for another day. I place mine in a knitting bag with the needles jammed in the end of the ball of yarn.
I had no idea, you could even get these! I am sure if you are a professional and stop by my blog, you will wonder what planet I was born on, but in fact, I truly didn't know these were available. Since I was knitting a larger item with 100 stitches crammed onto needles, it didn't take much for a stitch to do a flying leap especially when the ball of yarn I was jamming the work into was getting smaller, or a cat named "Muffin" thought she should have my lap and not the knitting!
Just click on the picture, if you think something like this will save you from dropped stitches that magically happen when you thought your knitting was safely tucked away! These cute little stoppers are perfect, as long as you use them and don't lose them.
I picked up a little pencil from the dollar store to house smaller knitting supplies like a darning style needle and needle protectors, and the crochet hook etc, because something this size would work its way to the never lands of the bottom of my knitting bag, or my cat would find them interesting enough to choke on. So keep them safe.
Don't Panic - Picking Up a Dropped Stitch
It looks way worse that it is. I also found for this operation it is best to sit at a table and put the ends on the knitting needles and then lay the knitting down and use the crochet hook. You don't want more stitches falling off while trying to coral the escapees! If it is an emergency, you can simply put some painters tape around the ends of the needles, especially if this happened in the middle of a knitting row.
Painters Tape in a Pinch
The needle protectors are probably the best option, but if you need something to stop your work from falling off the needles, wrap some painters tape around the ends. This tape will not leave a residue on your needles. The last thing you need is gunky tape residue. You just want something to stop anymore stitches from nose diving.
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.