“Drop stitch” is a nice technique to learn once you are already an experienced beginner. That is: you know the basics (cast on and bind off, knits and purls) very well and you are comfortable knitting. In my case, ages ago, that feeling of comfort took a while to come. I think my main problem was to knit my stitches very tight. Therefore, it was hard to slide them in my needles, and to insert my right needle to knit.After that, I had a period of knitting too loose… And as with any other thing in life, the secret is to find balance.
Anyway, as I was saying: “drop stitch” technique! If you don’t know it, you can Google it (try “drop stitch scarf”) to see what I’m talking about. Shortly, it consists in knitting all sts for several rows and then work one row wrapping your yarn in the needle (usually once or twice) between each st. In the next row, you’ll knit the stitches normally and drop the previously wrapped yarn off the needle every time you encounter one. I have a “how to use ‘drop stitch’ technique” tutorial in my blog’s to-do list, but don’t have the time write it yet.
And that’s the reason I decided to make some sort of beginner “drop stitch” looking pattern for block 44 (go to to find the pattern).
I hope you like it 🙂 I wish all of you a wonderful weekend.
PS: you can add this pattern to your Ravelry library by clicking HERE.
Remember that, in case you need more patterns to add to this project, I adapted all patterns from my “12 Blocks for Xmas” blanket to the same number of stitches and rows than the “52 Square Pickup” ones. You can find them HERE.
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– CO 43 sts with US 7 (4.5 mm) needles.
|I always cast on and bind off stitches with larger needles than I use for the main work. This prevent my cast on and bind off rows from being too tight.|
– With US 6 (4 mm) needles, knit 4 rows.
|Slip first stitch on every row as if you were to knit it, but without knitting it (except on the first row). It will form a neat and sturdy border.|
– Continue working as follows:
4 garter sts, MOCK DROP STITCH pattern over 35 sts, 4 garter sts until you have a total length of 8’’ (20.5 cm).
I knitted 2 times the MOCK DROP STITCH pattern complete + rows 1) to 15) again.
– Knit 4 rows.
– Bind off with US 7 (4.5 mm) needle. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
k all sts, all rows.
(Over a multiple of 2 sts. I added 1 more st to reach our needed 35.)
Row 1) (RS) k all sts
Row 2) p1, [k1, p1]
Row 3) [k1, p1], k1
Row 4) p1, [k1, p1]
Row 5) [k1, p1], k1
Row 6) p1, [k1, p1]
Row 7) k all sts
Row 8) k all sts
Row 9) k all sts
Row 10) k all sts
Row 11) k all sts
Row 12) k1, [p1, k1]
Row 13) [p1, k1], p1
Row 14) k1, [p1, k1]
Row 15) [p1, k1], p1
Row 16) k1, [p1, k1]
Row 17) k all sts
Row 18) k all sts
Row 19) k all sts
Row 20) k all sts
Do you want to support (or keep supporting) my work? You can now buy the PDF file containing patterns 21 to 40 of my 52 Square Pickup KAL HERE. It includes all variations so you’ll have 24 patterns, plus photos, charts and control tables for each. As a “Beginner Stitch Patterns” mini book it could be a great resource for your future projects. And all for the cost of 2 Venti!! 😆
REMEMBER that you can contact me at any time if you need help to adapt a pattern to make an entire blanket or dishtowel with it. I’ll be happy to help 🙂
Did you miss the PDF file for patterns 1 to 20? Don’t worry, is still available for purchase HERE.