Imagine the following scenario:

It’s a beautiful day in late spring, and you decide to take advantage of the lovely weather to do some knitting on the patio of a trendy cafe. You’re in such a hurry to get out of your stifling apartment, that you quickly grab the nearest knitting work-in-progress, stuff it in your purse, and head out the door. You settle into your favourite outdoor spot and start happily knitting away when all of a sudden, you drop a stitch! Of course, you’re using a gorgeous, but slippery, silk-bamboo blend and the dropped stitch falls down several rows. You quickly catch the dropped stitch with one of your earrings to prevent it from falling further, but what to do now? Your crochet hook, which you would have normally used to quickly fix the problem, is safely stowed away in your notions bag all the way back home. You don’t want to cut your wonderful afternoon of outdoor crafting short, but you can’t continue until this pesky dropped stitch is fixed! What ever will you do?

Has this ever happened to you? Do you have nightmares about this sort of thing happening to you in the future? If so, the following handy tip will be perfect for you!

Step 1

Place an earring, paper clip, safety pin or whatever else you have on hand through the dropped stitch to catch it and prevent it from dropping further. For future reference, I will refer to the strands of yarn above the dropped stitch as rungs in a ladder.

Step 2

Put the left needle through the dropped stitch and under the rung of the ladder immediately above the dropped stitch (the first rung).

Step 3

Put the right needle through the dropped stitch and then slip it over the first rung.

Step 4

You’ve now picked up the dropped stitch one row and you have one less rung in your ladder.

Step 4

Continue in the same manner with the subsequent rungs in the ladder, being careful not to get the strands mixed up between rows.

You have now picked up the dropped stitch with a minimal amount of pain and panic! To pick up dropped stitches on the purl side of a stitch, simply turn your work so that the knit side is facing you and follow the above steps. You can even pick up stitches in a knit-purl pattern (such as seed stitch) by turning your work each time you pick up a stitch so that the knit side is facing you.

Now you can enjoy panic-free outdoor knitting!