Dropping stitches is usually a serious mistake which, in the worst case, will ruin the entire knitting project. However, this is not the case with the drop stitch patterns in this manual: you may let stitches slip off the needle in order to produce loosely light patterns. We will show you three different ways of knitting drop stitches. As a training project we suggest a summery loop.

Knitting drop stitches
Are you looking for a pattern for a knitting project that suits the warm season? Try one of our drop stitch patterns! They look sophisticated, but knitting drop stitches is not difficult. You don’t need more previous knowledge than right and left stitches. We’ll explain how to create new stitches and drop them again.

The resulting holes make the patterns ideal for airy summer clothing. We recommend a summer loop for practicing. Afterwards you could try a top or a sweater. Now you only have to decide whether you want to knit horizontal, vertical or wavy drop stitches.

Material and preparation
Tape yarns are particularly suitable for drop stitch knitting. The wide, flat thread accentuates the patterns well. Such yarns are available in a wide variety of designs, for example in matt or glossy. With our thread, gold glitter makes a difference. You can use normal cotton instead of ribbon yarn.

In any case, use a thick yarn that is knitted with a needle size of at least six. You will find details on the banderole. If several needle sizes are specified, use the larger one so that the knitted fabric is pleasantly loose.

Basics
Pattern knitting

The instructions for each pattern specify how many stitches you must strike. First knit a row of left-hand stitches to make the stop edge less visible. Then work through the pattern rows. In each row, repeat all the steps until your stitches are completely knitted.

If asterisks (*) appear in the description, knit the stitches before the first symbol only once at the beginning of the row. The steps behind the second asterisk work only at the end of the row. After the last row, start again with the first until your piece is long enough.

Tip: Keep a tally list so that you always know which row you are currently in.

Edge stitches

You need edge stitches so that the side edges are beautifully even. Cast on two more stitches than you need for the pattern. For side edges that are to be sewn together later, the knot edge is a good choice. To do this, knit your edge stitches, i.e. the first and last stitch in each row on the right. If the side edges remain open, the warp edge is recommended. Lift off the first stitch in each row without knitting it. Slide it onto the right needle with the thread in front of you. Always knit the last stitch on the right.

Envelope

Place the thread from front to back over the right needle. If the instructions indicate two envelopes, pass the yarn under the needle after the first one and lay it over the needle again. A new stitch is created by each cover. With drop stitch patterns, drop them again as soon as the description asks you to do so.

drop stitch pattern
Horizontal drop stitch pattern
For this pattern you need a number of stitches that can be divided by ten as well as six additional stitches.

1st row: *6 stitches right, 1 cover, 1 stitches right, 2 covers, 1 stitches right, 2 covers, 1 stitches right, 2 covers, 1 stitches right, 1 stitches right, 1 cover*, 6 stitches right

5. Reihe: *1 Masche rechts, 1 Umschlag, 1 Masche rechts, 2 Umschläge, 1 Masche rechts, 2 Umschläge, 1 Masche rechts, 2 Umschläge, 1 Masche rechts, 1 Umschlag, 5 Maschen rechts*, 1 Masche rechts, 1 Umschlag, 1 Masche rechts, 2 Umschläge, 1 Masche rechts, 2 Umschläge, 1 Masche rechts, 2 Umschläge, 1 Masche rechts, 1 Umschlag, 1 Masche rechts

2nd row: knit all stitches to the right, dropping envelopes from previous row

3rd row: knit all stitches to the right
4th row: like 3rd row
6. row: like 2. row

7th row: like 3rd row
8th row: same as 3rd row

Tip: Do not count the number of stitches after the first or fifth row because the envelopes increase the number of stitches for a short time.

Vertical drop stitch pattern
Your mesh count must be divisible by eight for this design. You will also need six additional stitches. The dropped stitches ribble over several rows. This creates the vertical drop stitches. Don’t worry, the knitted fabric won’t break. The stitches only dissolve to the point where you have made an envelope a few rows earlier.

1. preparation row: *2 stitches left, 2 stitches right, 2 stitches left, 1 stitches right, 1 yo, 1 stitch right*, 2 stitches left, 2 stitches right, 2 stitches left

2. preparation row: 2 stitches right, 2 stitches left, 2 stitches right, *3 stitches left, 2 stitches right, 2 stitches left, 2 stitches right*

You only knit the two preparatory rows in the first pass. Then repeat the following twelve rows consecutively.

1st row: *2 stitches left, 2 stitches right, 2 stitches left, 3 stitches right*, 2 stitches left, 2 stitches right, 2 stitches left

2. row: 2 stitches right, 2 stitches left, 2 stitches right, *3 stitches left, 2 stitches right, 2 stitches left, 2 stitches right*

3rd row: Like 1st row

4th row: Like 2nd row

5th row: : *2 stitches left, 1 stitches right, 1 yo, 1 stitches right, 2 stitches left, 1 stitches right, 1 stitches drop, 1 stitches right*, 2 stitches left, 1 stitches right, 1 yo, 1 stitches right, 2 stitches left

6. row: 2 stitches right, 3 stitches left, 2 stitches right, *2 stitches left, 2 stitches right, 3 stitches left, 2 stitches right*

Seventh row: *2 stitches left, 3 stitches right, 2 stitches left, 2 stitches right*, 2 stitches left, 3 stitches right, 2 stitches left

8th row: same as 6th row
9th row: like 7th row
10th row: same as 6th row

11th row: *2 stitches left, 1 stitches right, 1 stitches drop, 1 stitches right, 2 stitches left, 1 stitches right, 1 yoke, 1 stitches right*, 2 stitches left, 1 stitches right, 1 stitches drop, 1 stitches right, 2 stitches left

12th row: same as 2nd row

Tip: When counting, keep in mind that after the preparation rows, the first to fourth rows, and the eleventh and twelfth rows, you have one more stitch on the needles than you have struck. After the fifth to tenth row, there are two more stitches.

Wavy drop stitch pattern
Cast a number of stitches that can be divided by six and an additional stitch.

1st row: 1 stitch right, *1 stitch right, 1 yo, 1 stitch right, 2 envelopes, 1 stitch right, 2 envelopes, 1 stitch right, 1 yo, 2 stitches right*

2nd row: knit all stitches to the right while dropping the envelopes from the previous row

3. row: 1 stitch right, 2 envelopes, 1 stitch right, 1 envelope, 3 stitches right, 1 envelope, *1 stitch right, 2 envelopes, 1 stitch right, 2 envelopes, 1 stitch right, 1 envelope, 3 stitches right, 1 envelope*, 1 stitch right, 2 envelopes, 1 stitch right

4th row: same as 2nd row

Tip: Count the stitches only after the second and fourth rows, because in the other rows the number of stitches is higher through the envelopes than at the stop.

Exercise project | Loop knitting
Material and preparation

For a summery loop with one or more drop stitch patterns, cotton (or a cotton blend) is the right yarn. We used 100 grams of ribbon yarn and needle size nine. Knit a piece in your desired drop stitch pattern and measure how many stitches make ten centimetres wide. Later you can use it to calculate how many stitches you have to knit for your loop.

This is what you need for a loop:

100 gram thick cotton yarn (e.g. ribbon yarn)
matching knitting needles
Wool needle for sewing

Tip: We have used a circular knitting needle so that the stitches can be placed comfortably. Two short needles are connected by a cable. You can turn the work as usual after each row.

Loop knitting
There are two ways to knit your loop. Either you knit stitches for 25 to 30 centimeters width and knit 60 to 70 centimeters long (= possibility one) or vice versa (= possibility two). In the first case knit from one point around the neck, in the second from bottom to top. We have opted for the second option.

Tip: When making the stop, pay attention to the number of stitches your pattern needs. Also consider edge stitches. The warp edge is recommended for the first option, the knot edge for the second.

In our loop, we have worked all three drop stitch patterns side by side. If you want to do this, separate the stitches for the individual patterns with different coloured threads or special stitch markers so that you know when a new pattern starts. Consider the number of stitches required by each pattern.

If you want to knit your loop in the first possibility and combine several patterns, work them one after the other. Start with one pattern and after a few centimetres change to the second and so on. If the patterns require different stitch counts, add additional stitches before changing or remove them as you would when unchaining. Do this over the row and not directly at the edge so that it is not noticeable.

Now sew the two narrow sides together and sew all the hanging threads.

Your summery loop in drop stitch pattern is ready!

Possible variations
1. if you want to double the loop around your neck, knit it longer (if possible one) or wider (if possible two). 110 to 120 centimetres is a good value. Remember that you need more yarn.

Instead of a loop, make an open scarf by knitting as many stitches as you need for the desired width and until the scarf is long enough. If you want to knit several types of drop stitches, do this as described for the loop for the first option. If you wish, you can decorate the finished ends with attached fringes. Note that you need to knit the scarf longer than a loop and therefore need more yarn.

 

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