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Fixing mistakes in your knitting can be frustrating! Learn how to use a latch hook tool to pick up a dropped stitch that has run down several rows in this CRAFT Video. Got tips for fixing mistakes in your knitting? Post them up in the comments!

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • stephie467

    I use a crochet needle to fix dropped stitches instead of using a latch hook needle, and whenever I try fixing them, the stitches that I fixed always end up looking funny. They are either too small or too large, even when I try using a crochet needle that is similar in size to my knitting needles. Is there anyway to avoid that? I noticed in the video that you didn’t have that problem. Does using a latch hook needle make a difference? Thanks for posting!

  • Becky Stern

    You might be able to fix the funny looking stitches with some careful blocking, but I don’t know of an appearance-effecting difference between using a crochet hook vs. latch hook. Performance-wise, I feel a latch hook is easier to use for this purpose.

  • gemmifer

    This is a really terrific tip, Becky! I will be sure to use it in the future… wish I knew it earlier this week when I ended up unraveling 5 rows of 276 stitches of a circular scarf because I couldn’t pick up a dropped stitch :) It will definitely save me heartache from now on!

  • Laura Cochrane

    Becky, I was totally able to use this concept to pick up a dropped stitch this weekend! I’m knitting this cowl neck warmer, and I dropped a stitch. It only ran down one row, but because I had watched your video, I understood the concept of what needed to happen. I didn’t have a latch hook, but I was able to fix it anyway. Thank you!! :)

  • CatsRCats1

    I’ve used this method before but not with a latch hook. I’m going to try it. Got any suggestions for finer yarns, like for socks or lace? I think the latch hook would be too big or do they come in different sizes?

  • Becky Stern

    I’ve never seen a smaller latch hook, but that doesn’t mean one doesn’t exist! I’ve used this one with really fine yarn on my knitting machine, and it works great! Try to stretch out the work while you pick up the stitch so you have space for the tool, but the fine yarn shouldn’t be a problem.