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Monday, August 08, 2016

Monday Mini Tip - Fixing Mistakes In Lace - Dropped Yarn Overs

I'd like to do a few Monday Mini Tip posts and videos on fixing mistakes in lace knitting. I've done a few tutorials previously including 'Fixing a dropped stitch in a finished shawl',  'Using Life Lines' (the best way of avoiding mistakes turning into major diasters) and you can see other lace knitting related tutorials on my Tutorials page.

We'll start off with an easy fix - how to fix dropped or missed yarn overs.

First, a little clarification for British knitters: when I talk about yarn overs I mean yarn forward, yarn over the needle and yarn round the needle. British knitters use different names depending on whether the yarn over is between knit stitches, purl stitches or a knit and purl stitch. American knitters use yarn over for all these situations. I find it much easier to use yarn over so I use that in all my patterns.

One of the most common mistakes I see in lace knitting is knitters forgetting to do a yarn over or dropping a yarn over. If you spot this mistake on the first row after the mistake happened it's very easy to fix it without unpicking anything. If you spot it on the next right side row, it's also very easy to fix it. 

The more rows have been worked since the yarn over was missed, the more difficult it is to fix but it's not impossible. If the dropped yarn over is several rows down, having a crochet hook to hand makes it much easier.

In this video I show you how to pick up yarn overs on subsequent rows. Watch the video below or click here to watch.

If you have any questions, please ask in the comments below. 

Previous Monday Mini Tip posts and other tutorials can be found on my Tutorials page.

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