One more in the ongoing series....
So, has this ever happened to you? You are knitting along on your Fair Isle garment, making slow but sure progress on some 375 stitches per round, when you realize that something is wrong. Let's say you are on round 60. The stitches you are about to knit into (round 59) were not knit in the correct order. That is, when you look at the next 5 stitches there might be 2 pattern stitches and 3 background stitches when there should have been 1 pattern stitch, 2 background stitches, and 2 pattern stitches.
No need to panic!
Sometimes you can drop those stitches and reknit them in the correct order—this works when there are the same number of pattern and background stitches. But in the scenario I've postulated above, although there is more than enough yarn to convert the 3 background stitches into 2 background stitches (we don't worry about a longer float), there is definitely not enough yarn to convert 2 pattern stitches into 3. Are you following me?
In other words, you've goobered it up good.
Rather than tink (un-knit, for the uninitiated) back around the entire circumference of the garment—an enthusiasm buster for sure—I take a long piece of yarn in the color I need (in our scenario, I'd pick the pattern color) and I knit the missing stitch with it as follows:
Drop the five stitches.
Reknit the 1 pattern stitch, 2 background stitches, and 1 pattern stitch with the original yarn.
Now knit the missing pattern stitch with your new piece of yarn.
Two ends hang from the new stitch—these will be darned in later.
There you go. Nothing to see here, Ma. Moving on.... You are now ready to continue knitting round 60.
Speaking of progress, the Lingonberry Sweater is coming along!