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How to Knit the Drop Stitch

This simple but stunning stitch is great for knitters who want to ease their way into the world of lace knitting.

How to Knit the Drop Stitch
How to Knit the Drop Stitch

The drop stitch is one of the best knitting stitches for beginners to learn when they're taking a step beyond stockinette and garter stitch. It's so simple to do, but it has the appearance of a subtle lace.

Dropped stitches are an essential knitting technique for beginners to learn, and it's usually one of the first ways knitters learn to use a sort of increase to make a decorative design. With the drop stitch, you can knit all of those light and lacy patterns for spring and summer you've been eyeballing! It's not so hard, after all.

Typically this stitch is used in shawls and scarves, but the possibilities are truly endless.


Materials List

  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles


  1. Cast on the number of stitches required for your pattern.

  2. Row 1: K across

  3. Row 2: K across

  4. Row 3: Knit across with multiple wraps:

    1. Insert your knitting needle knitwise
    2. Wrap the yarn around the needle multiple times instead of just once
      Note: In the video above, we've done a double wrap
    3. Bring both loops back and over your needle
    4. Sweep the old stitch off the end.
    5. Repeat across the entire row.

  5. Row 4: In this row, you'll notice you have two loops of yarn for each stitch.

    1. Insert your needle into the first loop of yarn
    2. Knit through that loop normally
    3. Sweep both loops of yarn off of the left-hand needle
    4. Repeat that across the entire row

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Such a lovely video with a clear explanation. I think I might try to knit a ruana with this stitch

I am loving your instruction. I am just learning and want to make scarfs for Christmas. Thank you.

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