Thursday, November 11, 2010

How to Knit Dropped Stitches (Video)

Some people have had questions about how to make the dropped stitch highlighted in my dropped stitch scarf and dropped stitch wine bag knitting patterns. I created the following video to give you an illustration on how I make dropped stitches.

The Key Points:
  • Row A: You knit a stitch, followed by a number of yarn overs (YO's) dictated by the particular pattern.
  • Row B: Knit across the row, dropping all YO's. You ONLY knit into the previous knit stitches, NEVER any of the YO's.
  • Yes, you TECHNICALLY increase the number of stitches in the row with YO's, but you never increase the number of KNIT stitches. All of the YO's that you make will be dropped in the next row.
  • In my video, I drop the YO's before the knit stitch. (The ends of the rows is where this gets tricky. You should play around with this a bit until you find what works best for you.)
Video: Knitting with Dropped Stitches - This video shows knitting a row with 3 YO's after each stitch, followed by a row where you drop all of the YO's.


2 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I am trying to figure out a pattern that says:
    k2tog, drop yo's from previous row, place 4 backward lps onto RH ndl, k1 under the 4 loose strands of the dropped yo's. Any idea how i do this. I know how to drop yo's, add stitches to the rh needle, but knit uder dropped yo's.....that is the issue.

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    1. Without knowing what the pattern is this is what I think:

      When you are knitting with dropped stitches you are creating an elongated stitch. By dropping the 4 YO's and placing them back on the needle you have ONE stitch rather than 4. Treat this as one stitch and knit per pattern instructions.

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