Monday, November 14, 2011

How Not to Fix a Dropped Stitch in Silk Mohair

Laceweight silk mohair blends, like Rowan Kid Silk Haze and Schulana Kid Seta, make glorious fabric, but can be challenging to wrangle when you need to fix a mistake. And mistakes such as dropped stitches are all too easy to make when knitting nothing into something.

Dropped stitch in silk mohair

The light grey shows my first attempt to fix a dropped stitch on my Picturesque Cape (piece is worked from the bottom of the photo up). I used a crochet hook to pull the dropped stitch up between its neighbor columns, but the neighbors were completely uninterested in making room for the new stitch, and blocking was no help. Blech!

My next attempt, on the darker grey layer, worked much better. Don’t see any dropped stitches on that layer? Exactly. On the darker layer, I turned to the wrong side and tied a loop of yarn around the dropped stitch and the nearest bar above it to keep the stitch from slipping further. (Still can’t see it? Drop to the bottom of the post for the solution.)

Another reason this technique comes in handy is that dropped stitches in this kind of yarn may be so unobtrusive that you don’t notice them until long after you’ve bound off (so pulling the stitch up would no longer be an option anyway). Luckily, they are not likely to ladder far before you catch them.

Unless your pattern requires a specific stitch count, the fabric is squidgy enough that you don’t need to increase to compensate for a dropped stitch. If you can’t afford to be so free and easy, and actually need to rip back, don a strong pair of reading glasses and work slowly and gently, using a tapestry needle to tease the mohair fibers apart as needed.

File under: High Needs Yarns and the Women Who Love Them

Dropped stitch in silk mohair - repaired

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