Learning the Drop-Stitch Pattern

Drop stitch pattern
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A dropped stitch is generally a knitter's nightmare, but there are times when it can be used to create a beautiful garment. Intentionally dropping stitches creates an elegant, elongated look.

Why Use It

The dropped stitch is a simple pattern that allows you to create a more open and airy pattern great for light clothes. An easy wrapping technique is all you need to add a little space to your garment. The pattern creates a stretchy fabric perfect for a summer drape or cowl

The drop stitch, or elongated stitch as it's also known, is remarkably easy to learn. This is a great pattern for knitters looking for a simple but dramatic pattern to knit while watching TV. It's also an easy stitch to incorporate in many patterns. Using loose stitches will create larger drops, while tighter ones will result in smaller drops. Be sure to keep the tension of your stitches consistent for the best effect.   

Drop-Stitch Pattern

This stitch works on any number of stitches.

Row 1: Knit as usual.

Row 2: Knit each stitch, wrapping the yarn around the needle twice instead of once when completing the stitch

Row 3: Knit each stitch, dropping the extra wrap off the needle as you complete each stitch.

Repeat these three rows for a pattern.

You can also make dropped stitches on purl rows, or wrap the yarn around the needle three or more times to make really long drops.