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Date: 5/9/13 12:08 PM

When I was knitting the toe up sock and was heading toward the cuff I noticed that I had a dropped stitch near the heel flap. I ravelled out the sock until I was below the heel. Is there any way to fix a dropped stitch in the middle of the sock when it is in a tricky spot with increases and decreases? Also, I find it difficult to pick up stitches where there have been increases or decreases. I have been knitting for less than a year.

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Date: 5/10/13 2:10 AM

There are a lot of videos on youtube showing how to unravel just one or two stitches (instead of all your knitting) in order to get down to the dropped stitch and repair it. It involves keeping all the other stitches on your needles, but deliberately making a "ladder" at the point in the row where the dropped stitch occurred. Then you use a crochet hook to reconstruct the column of stitches from the bottom up.

I understand what you are saying about messing with increases and decreases, but in this case, frankly, I would just use a plain knit stitch. After all, if you are using a fine yarn, or even a dk weight yarn, that one stitch is not going to affect the fit of the sock. Neither will it be visible to anyone's eyes but yours.

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Date: 5/10/13 10:01 AM

It being a sock, and probably fine yarn, you can also just run a small length of matching yarn through the dropped stitch, from the back, and then run each end of that length through some stitches on each side.

This keeps the stitch from running, really doesn't show.

You are ambitious to be knitting socks as a new knitter! And you may not want to have a dropped stitch on your first socks.

But, I'm an advanced knitter and my very-far-down dropped stitches are part of my knitting.

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Date: 5/10/13 12:11 PM

Thank you. I wish I had asked this question before I ravelled out so much of my knitting. In any case, I am getting lots of practice. I have discovered that I cannot watch TV and turn a heel at the same time.

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Date: 5/10/13 7:33 PM

Oh I lock myself in a far room with no TV to turn a heel

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Date: 5/11/13 6:21 PM

Hi Elaine, you got great advice here. I would never rip out a bunch or rows to get to a missed stitch either. What is annoying is when it happens and the missed stitch messes up the pattern-then I feel like I have to rip it out (well if you want the pattern to be right).
Socks are ambitious for a beginner knitter but years ago I had a friend who could barely knit a scarf. She asked me to teach her how to knit socks. She was a visual/hands on type of learner and couldn't read a pattern either. So, we knit socks together and before long she was knitting all kinds of socks. She memorized the pattern. I have lost touch with her but my guess is that she is still knitting socks. I had started a sock thread awhile back-maybe I need to revive it.

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