Recovering a Dropped Stitch

If a stitch drops off the needle, the first thing to do is to prevent it from running further by securing it with a safety pin. It is usually quite easy to pick up a dropped stitch, even if it has slipped through to the row below. Simply pick up the stitch and the strand above it on the right hand needle. Insert the left hand needle through the stitch and pull the strand through the stitch using the right hand needle to form the stitch once more in its correct place.

1. However, if a stitch drops unnoticed it could easily form a ladder running down several rows. In this case the stitch must be reformed all the way up the ladder, using a crochet hook. Always work from the front.

2. Use a crochet hook to correct a dropped stitch, whether it has dropped one row or several rows (a running stitch).
Hold the knit side of the work toward you. Count the horizontal strands between the two needles to determine how many rows the stitch has slipped. It's important to begin with the very first strand closest to the dropped stitch. With the loose horizontal strands behind the loop of the dropped stitch, insert a crochet hook into the loop from front to back. Catch the first horizontal strand and pull it through the stitch. Repeat the step with each horizontal strand until the dropped stitch is back at the current row.

3. Place the stitch on the left needle untwisted, with the right loop of the stitch in front of the needle.