Normally dropping stitches is a bad thing. When you drop a stitch you've made a mistake, and a hole or a run is the result.
But sometimes you can use the look of a dropped stitch on purpose to make a really fun design. It's very easy to do and makes a great look for accessories and other items that don't have to be solid.
Making a Dropped Stitch
It is very easy to incorporate dropped stitches into your knitting. To make a dropped stitch, act as if you are going to make a knit or purl stitch as normal, but instead of just wrapping the yarn around the needle once, wrap it two or three times.
Repeat this procedure on each stitch across the row. When you get to the next row, just knit or purl the stitch and slide the extra wraps off the needle. When you get to the end of this row, give the work a gentle tug to straighten out the dropped stitches.
A row of dropped stitches looks like really long knit stitches and gives an open look to your work.
Using Dropped Stitches
Dropped stitches are a fun addition to a lot of projects, including scarves, belts, headbands and tank tops.
Patterns that use dropped stitches generally have you knit a couple of plain rows on either side of the dropped stitch row to add stability and structure to the finished piece.
You can also add dropped stitches as a design element to make a plain project a little more interesting. Knitting is all about using your imagination to make unique knitted items, so don't be afraid to drop some stitches on purpose.