Some people are multi-crafters. They can knit, crochet, embroider, quilt, sew clothes, fashion resin jewelry, and build coffee tables. I am pretty monogamous when it comes to my crafting - a die hard knitter - that occasionally does some sewing on the side. I have never completed a crochet-only project.
Still, I have a large collection of crochet hooks. Why? Crochet hooks can be invaluable to knitters. This month, I'm going to explore the different ways to utilize crochet hooks with your knitting. We'll start with one of the most basic: picking up a dropped stitch.
Step One: As always, examine your knitting. See the poor, lonely dropped stitch? We're going to rescue him! Think of the area above the dropped stitch as a ladder that it's going to climb back up to the needle.
Step Two: Insert a crochet hook into the dropped stitch. Try to use a crochet hook that is close to the needle size you're using. For example, if you're using size 6 needles, a G crochet hook would be the right one for you.
Step Three: Using the hook, grab the "rung" up from the dropped stitch. The hook will have two stitches on it.
Step Four: Pull that rung through the first stitch.The first image shows this step in progress. The second picture shows what you have once this step is complete: one stitch on the hook.
Repeat steps three and four until all of the rungs have been pulled through.
Step Five: Place the stitch on the left hand needle. Make sure it's not twisted. If you do happen to twist the stitch, you can just knit it through the back loop on the next go-round.
As a Tutorial Tuesday treat (can you tell I love alliteration?), here's a video showing you how to pick up a dropped stitch:
Special note: thank you Sam for linking to last month's tutorials on the Lime & Violet blog, Daily Chum!