It happens to us all, when you notice a mistake several rows down in your knitting. Undoing 20 or so rows can be a nightmare! You could leave it there and just ignore it, or if you’re like me and feel the need to fix it then here’s how I do it using a small crochet hook:
Here you see a missed stitch about 20 rows down in a garter stitch
STEP 1: Identify which is the stitch you need to drop off the needle and carefully undo it down until you reach the mistake, and keep the stitch on a crochet hook. Decide by checking each side of the stitch whether you need to pick it up knitwise or purlwise – For garter stitch it will alternate each time. Here in the photo I had to pick up Purlwise to do this you insert the crochet hook from back to front keeping the yarn to be pulled through from the front.
STEP 2 : The next stitch needed to be Knitwise: Insert hook from front and pull through the yarn from the back.
Make sure you clearly identify which is the next stitch to be picked up – to do this I stretch out my knitting to be able to see clearly before picking up the following stitch.
Keep going all the way up until you reach the top and pop the stitch back on the needle!
This technique can also be used for a dropped stitch although you have to work a bit harder to work in a stitch which wasn’t there before. Good luck!