Hand-Manipulated Stitches for Machine Knitters

Single Bed Drop Stitch

I did a couple of posts on drop stitch and enlarging stitches back in June of 2017, but I wanted to share this method with you as well because I think is is, simply put, a better approach that requires less fussing with the actual stitches. You can never have too many options to choose from!

Although I demonstrate this method on a 3×3 cable, you can use it anytime your cables are reluctant to cross. It is never worth straining the stitches – believe me, I know!

I like using the split ring stitch holders (I could hardly get the words out on video without slurring it all!) because the stitches are securely held. Sometimes, I also use a wooden hand-knit cable needle, like the ones that are available from Brittany Needles. They have little ridges that hold the stitches snuggly and prevent them from sliding off.

In a future video/lesson I will show you how to cross large cables more easily by adding extra rows or by increasing the stitch size of just the stitches that lie at the back of the cables.

4 Comments

  1. Loretta McCollough on March 21, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you so much for this! So informative, concise and clear. This is going in to my “favorites” file!

    • Susan Guagliumi on March 21, 2019 at 8:09 pm

      Glad you liked it!

  2. Hulda Pálsdóttir on April 10, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    I like your lessons, you make it sound so easy.

    • Susan Guagliumi on April 10, 2019 at 5:32 pm

      It is easy – it just takes lots of practice!

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