28 September 2006

Fixes on the fly -- correcting garter stitch on the needles

A common reason for new knitters to call me over for a "what's wrong consult" involves a stitch that hasn't been worked on the prior row. I usually just diagnose the problem and do a quick on the needles fix before handing the knitting back to the knitter so they can keep going.

For the knitters who have asked me how I did that, here's the blog entry I promised a few weeks back.

Diagnosing the problem -- the following photo shows a small swatch with 12 stitches on a needle. The 6th stitch from the right is the problem stitch.
On the prior row it may have been passed from one needle to another without another stitch being formed. However it happened, it is an unworked stitch that needs to be brought up to the same level as the other 11.

Knit the first five stitches on the row and begin the process of correcting the unworked stitch by inserting the right needle into the last fully formed 6th stitch and the float of yarn that lies to the front of the knitting as shown in the photo below.
The last fully formed stitch is two rows below the five stitches you've just knit. That stitch is the one that the float should have gone though/round to form a stitch on the prior row. The float is directly connected to the stitches to the left and right of but not to the problem stitch as shown in the photo below.
With the right needle inserted into the last fully formed stitch and the float of yarn to the front of the work, scoop the float up, toward and through the stitch moving from left to right as shown in the following photo.
The next photo shows the float being pulled through the stitch and onto the right needle to form a new stitch. The stitch used to form this new stitch remains on the left needle.
Drop the stitch from the left needle (just you would have after the new stitch was formed on the previous row) and move the newly formed stitch to the right needle as shown in the following photo.
To avoid having to do this yet again on the next row, transfer the newly formed stitch back to the left needle as shown on the photo below.
Knit the newly formed stitch and the other six stitches on the needle to finish the row. The final photo shows the completed row of knitting.

More fixes on the fly postings are in the works.


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