Dropped stitches are a great way to add visual interest to a piece of knitwear, as well as flexibility and stretch to the fabric. They’re great in tops, scarves, shawls, you name it. And they’re really easy to do!
First, decide how many stitches you want between each drop, and cast on a multiple of that number — in this case, four. This is the pattern I followed:
Cast on 20 stitches
R1: (K4, yo) to last 4 stitches, K4
R2 and all other WS rows: (P4, K1) to last 4 stitches, P4
R3 and all other RS rows: (K4, P1) to last 4 stitches, K4
Repeat this until the piece is desired length. Alternately, you can work the whole piece in stockinette and use stitch markers to indicate where stitches will be dropped.
Cast off to first P (or marker), drop stitch off left needle, and let it drop down (you will be left with a space that looks like a ladder). Pick up the bar in the space where stitch was dropped (top rung of the “ladder”), Ktbl and bind off, repeat across row. Go through and make sure all your dropped stitched have dropped all the way to the bottom.
Want to try it with a pattern? Here are a few ideas: