How to identify and fix a mistake in stockinette stitch?

I am an advanced beginner knitter. I’m currently working on a newborn sleeveless sweater. I’ve made some mistake in the stockinette stitch section. I think I might have purled when I should have knitted? I’ve found video online on how to knit up to the column of stitches, purposely drop a stitch, and reconnect it with a crochet hook? However, not sure this is the problem. What do you think? See attached close up photos.
Thank you.

It looks like you missed knitting that stitch. The best way to do this, put your needle tip in the stitch below the bar of yarn and drop the stitch off the needle. Then pick up the bars of yarn , starting with the bottom bar of yarn and place on the left needle tip then lift the stitch and place on the left needle, Then lift the stitch and bring the loop you missed thru the stitch ,paying attention to the way the bar will end up if you have the stitch in front and take the loop over you get a purled stitch on the front where you have the knit stitch, lift the loop with needle tip and gently manipulate the bar and over the stitch. Do this for each bar of yarn you dropped to fix the mistake.

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here is a link to a video showing how to fix a dropped stitch:

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I would work to that stitch then drop it down or you could tink (unknit) back to it. You will have to drop the stitch on the needle and then undo the ones below it. If I do pick up a dropped stitch when I’m not at that point in my work I put a locking stitch marker in the stitch that will go back onto the needle. It keeps it from running down again and I won’t miss it when I get back to it. I can’t imagine taking the rest of the stitches off the needle like in the above video but that’s just me. I always thought Timmy was a brat looking for ways to get in trouble too. lol

How to tink

Edited to change (unkit) to (unkNit)

Thank you for the advice. I was able to knit up to the column with the error, purposely drop the stitch, and fix it using a crochet hook! Yay!


Thank you for your advice. I was able to fix the stitch by knitting up to the column of stitches above the mistake, intentionally dropping a stitch, and pulling it back up with a crochet hook.

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Your knitting looks really good! And we all make mistakes.

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Thank you!

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I am glad that you got it fixed. your knitting looks good and the yarn is very nice.

Thank you! Here are some photos of my project.


That is very cute. I don’t get to knit for girls, I only have 3 grandsons. My daughter-in-law, miscarried a little girl in between the two boys.

What yarn and pattern are you using? The little sweater could not be cuter!

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This is a free Ravelry download called “Watermelon Baby Cardigan.” There is also a pattern for a matching hat.

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Thanks very much for the link! I can see this little sweater in my knitting future.

Lovely. Thanks for sharing.

I always have a crochet hook in my knitting bag. Now you know why.