How to pick up a dropped purl stitch
It happens to everyone. You’re knitting along and suddenly you realize you’ve dropped a stitch. No need to panic. Learn how to pick up a dropped stitch so you can’t even tell where it happened.
Although it’s scary to see a stitch fall and work your way down, creating a big gap in your work, it’s easier to fix the mistake than you might expect. Picking up a falling stitch is similar to repairing a trap stitch, but works backwards.
Once you have discovered the problem, work your way back to where the stitch fell. Then take a crochet needle and you can work with the stitch on the yarn ladder again, back on the spot and back on your needle.
Hook the Dropped Stitch
Work the Stitch up to the Top
Place a stitch on the needle
Use the knitting hook to place the loop (dropped stitch) back on the left needle.
When you put the stitch on the needle, make sure that it is in the right direction so that it is ready for the next deflection. You do not want a twisted stitch there.
Once back in place, you can continue bending (or in some cases knitting) through the rest of the row.
Now that your work is back to normal, you won’t even notice where the line was missed.
You may be worried when you find mistakes in knitting, but it’s best to stay calm and fix the mistakes as soon as you notice them. You’ll be much happier with your finished work when you do it.