I'm hoping someone can advise me how to go back a couple rows and pick up a dropped stitch without completely starting over.
I'm making a scarf with an interrupted rib stitch (2 rows rib 1x1, then 2 knit rows, etc.). I cast on 35 stitches, and I've done about 9 inches of the scarf (yes, I'm slow) but then I noticed two mistakes--a gap a row back, and sudddenly I have 36 stitches on the needle!
Any advice would be much much appreciated. Alternatively, I'll go back to the knitting store and ask but would be great to get going on it here.
If you dropped a stitch, pick it up as in the videos and go on. But as for the extra stitch... But maybe you didn't drop it since you have more stitches now. If there's no loop below the hole, you may have picked up your work in the middle of a row and gone the wrong direction, which will make a gap in the sts. There's no way to fix that other than ripping out back to that point, though you don't need to start over. Watch the videos on taking out stitches one by one, or inserting the needle back into them. I think though, that you might have done an accidental yarnover, which adds stitches and makes a hole. That happens if you don't move the yarn between needles but up over the top. Take a very careful look at the sts and see if that's what happened. You can fix that by knitting to the stitch over the hole and let it drop down. You'll have a little extra loose yarn between stitches, but that can be worked in to the sts on either side.