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Knitting With Dropped Stitches

Updated on December 30, 2013

Dropped Stitches

Dropped Stitches can be a problem for knitters, or it can be a benefit when you use them in a controlled situation.

Most patterns that contain dropped stitches (a lot are scarves) have them traveling horizontally across the row. This is what I do myself in patterns that I design. You can also use dropped stitches as a controlled mistake, releasing a stitch at the end of the project gives you a beautiful vertical ladder.

Knitting dropped stitch scarves is a fast way to make an elegant, unique garment. So how do you make dropped stitches? Where can you find free knitting patterns that incorporate this technique? Look no further, as I have assembled resources to help you with your dropped stitch projects!

Wavy Dropped Stitches: Using increasing and decreasing numbers of yarn overs.

Wavy Dropped Stitches: Using increasing and decreasing numbers of yarn overs.
Wavy Dropped Stitches: Using increasing and decreasing numbers of yarn overs.
ChemKnit's Drop Stitch Scarf
ChemKnit's Drop Stitch Scarf

Drop Stitch Scarf

Some Quotes from my Pattern Page

This dropped stitch scarf was the first pattern I ever designed with knit stitches. I had designed a number of knitting charts, but those were based on colorwork, not a stitch pattern.

Dropped stitch rows alternate with a more classic yarn over/knit 2 together row to give this scarf a lot of texture. This is still my favorite scarf that I have ever made, and I wear it almost every day in the winter.

Because this pattern involves dropped stitches, it is an extremely fast project to knit. The stitch pattern is not complicated, so it is really easy to get into the pattern rhythm. I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I have!

Drop Stitch Wine Bag
Drop Stitch Wine Bag

ChemKnit's Drop Stitch Wine Bag

Some Quotes from My Pattern Page

I love receiving wine in pretty bags when I'm having a party, but I also love to give them. When you are giving a bottle of wine to a hostess, dressing it up a bit is a great "Thank You" for her hospitality.

I designed this dropped stitch wine bag to be a quick knitting project that is perfect for last minute construction. The majority of rows in the bag are dropped stitches, so these large rows help your project grow so fast you'd think it's alive! The top is cinched with a pretty ribbon, but in a pinch you could use more of the yarn to tie it in a bow.

To make the wrapping extra special, wrap the bottle with a sheet of sparkly tissue paper before you put it in the dropped stitch wine bag. This will give a bit of sparkle through the dropped stitches. Alternatively, you could weave ribbon through all of the dropped stitch rows and tie them into bows that travel down the side of the bottle.

How to Knit with Dropped Tutorial - The central and most important step in these projects.

Dropped stitches make beautiful unique knit scarves, shawls and other projects. This video shows a row knit with multiple yarn overs (YO's) followed by the row where these YO's are dropped.

Search For Dropped Stitch Scarf Patterns - A list of free patterns on the ChemKnits Blog

Dropped stitch scarves are great scarf projects. They are fully functional, they knit up fast, and they are interesting to the eye. I designed a drop stitch scarf that I am very happy with, but there is a huge amount of variety for this very simple description. I was curious how many free patterns I could find out there.

If you use a cable needle with dropped stitches, you get a fun criss cross effect.

If you use a cable needle with dropped stitches, you get a fun criss cross effect.
If you use a cable needle with dropped stitches, you get a fun criss cross effect.

Free Knitting Patterns with Dropped Stitches - Designed by ChemKnits

I love knitting with dropped stitches, so I had to design some patterns that incorporated this technique.

How to Cast On with the Long Tail Cast on Method - One of the best ways to begin your dropped stitch project.

You cannot drop any stitches unless you have some to begin with! I created this video of my favorite cast on method as part of my learn to knit with ChemKnits series.

How to Bind Off your Knitting Project - The end of any good drop stitch pattern

An instructional video on how to finish up your project. The sample in this video does not contain dropped stitches, but the techniques used are identical.

What do you think of this knitting technique? - What is your favorite dropped stitch item?

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    • JeremiahStanghini profile image

      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      Dropped stitches add a nice effect, but can be difficult -- as you explain.

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

    • JohannaBaker profile image

      JohannaBaker 6 years ago

      Very interesting, thanks so much for the video "tutorials" - seeing helps with doing for me

    • ICanCook profile image

      ICanCook 6 years ago

      Interesting. I'm going to try to find a pattern that I can manage and try it.