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Recognizing When You’ve Accidentally Slipped a Stitch

Liat Gat - Founder

March 22, 2011

Slipped a Stitch 10721 smWhoops! You’re knitting along and you see a strange, stretched-out stitch right in the middle of your work.

Plus, you have a weird, floating piece of yarn across the back.

It’s okay – what happened is that you slipped a stitch while you were knitting – it accidentally got transferred from the left-hand needle to the right.

You usually can’t see this kind of mistake unless you are using large or light-colored yarn, but for the exacting knitters among you, here’s how to recognize and fix it:

Accidentally Slipped A Stitch - Recognizing And Fixing
Accidentally Slipped A Stitch - Recognizing And Fixing

As you can see in the video, one clue that alerts you to the accidentally-slipped stitch is that the slipped stitch is mounted backwards on the needle.

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  1. Hi Liat,
    that‘s a great video. This happened to me in a sweater I‘m knitting. Of course in the middle of it at the bust, so every one can see it clearly. I let this sweater for along time as an UFO waiting to get inspired. I am not feeling like untinking the lace part. What do you think about doing double stitch on the back trying to imitate stockinette? I cannot recognize the loose yarn on the back.

    1. Hi Maria,

      Thank you so much! I’m glad this helped you. It’s sad when projects get left for a long time, waiting to be revived. I would take the sweater out of its bag and clap three times loudly over it, clearing the stagnant energy. Then clap three times again. Then do it three times again. This will revive the energy of the sweater and you may know what to do next.


  2. Hooray! This doesn’t seem to be a mistake commonly addressed in “knitting goofs” videos and posts. I had this happen a couple of times and couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. Thanks for the info! (At least 11 years after this was posted – LOL!)

  3. I had to do this several times today whilst tinking back on a shawlette I screwed up. As I was removing stitches, yep, some of them wanted to just jump off and disappear into oblivious freedom. SO, this is a great tutorial for fixes!

    Ohey, I’m heading over to get your e-book now!

    Cya in YooToob!

    1. Woo hoo! I love it when the tips that I post help someone right away! Thanks for getting my e-book – I hope you absolutely love it!


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