How To Fix a Dropped Stitch on Garter Stitch

Dropped Stitch on Garter StitchA dropped stitch on garter stitch is a pretty common mistake.

To fix it requires that you combine your knowledge of how to fix both dropped knit and purl stitches.

I also have a sneaky shortcut for you for fixing the purl stitches.

The physicist Niels Bohr said, "An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field."

So what are you waiting for? Let's drop some stitches!

I encourage you to make a little garter-stitch swatch (just cast on 20 stitches and knit every row for ten rows).

Then, work along with me as I teach you how to fix dropped stitches when you are knitting in garter stitch:

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12 thoughts on “How To Fix a Dropped Stitch on Garter Stitch”

  1. Thanks! You published so long ago, but its the gift that keeps on giving! Garter stitch is simple, but complicated, and completely popular again. Really didn’t want to rip back and was a minute away from it. Thanks so much!

    1. Suzanne, hooray! This was a technique that needed to be described with video, because you’re right – it’s simple but complicated too. Fixing dropped stitches on garter stitch will never go out of style :)

  2. How about how to fix a lost stitch that you just figured out it was lost like 2 rows later??! EEP

    Newbie knitter,

  3. Once again, I make a mistake and Liat helps me save my project :) I dropped a purl. First thing I thought was turn and fix a knit. But I was placing the working ladder in the wrong position for the purl to come out of the other side.

  4. This couldn’t be more timely for me! I’ve fallen in love with g.s. lately. But, every time I need to fix a stitch several rows back, my eyes cross trying to figure out the order up the ladders. Furthermore, I’ve been turning the work around, back & forth, with each row that needs to be fixed (no mean feat in a one-piece afghan). As usual, you’ve shown us a logical & clear approach. Thank you Liat!

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