Here's the situation. I'm knitting my first pair of gloves. Knit a bunch of rows of knitting, 56 stitches in the round. When it came time for the first row of stockinette, I reduced to 48 stitches according to the instructions. k5, k2tog. When I got to the end of the round, I seemed to be one stitch short. I checked the row over carefully, counted everything, but there could be no doubt -- I had 48 stitches on the needles but had not done the final k2tog that I'd expected to. I didn't see any dropped stitches. I couldn't figure out how that worked out, but just went with it.
This is a stranded, Norwegian kind of glove, so I started working in the pattern. I'm 12 rows up the pattern, which is 15 rows above the ribbing. I set it down for the night, but try it on first to see how it feels, and that's when I noticed a funny spot at the very top of the ribbing. Investigating more closely, I find... Oh dear Lord, a dropped stitch. Unzipped for a couple of rows, but still near the top of the ribbing.
My only guess is that I dropped it on the very last row of ribbing, which is why the k2p2 worked just fine and then the k5 k2tog didn't.
So anyway... I know how to pick up a dropped stitch in general, and how to carry it up to the row you're working on. But how do you do it when that stitch was supposed to be k2togethered 15 rows before? I can't work it all the way up to where I am, because that would make 49 and ruin the pattern.
Is there a way to work it up to where the ribbing stops then somehow tie it off, so at least it's stable and not going to unravel?