Picking up stitches

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'Picking up stitches' is a technique used when you need to knit a border directly onto a piece of knitting, for instance to add button bands on a cardigan or a neckband along a neck edge. To do this, you draw loops through the knitting with the tip of your knitting needle, forming stitches directly onto your needle.

Your knitting pattern will tell you how many stitches to pick up, and this should be done evenly. In the pattern, the instruction usually reads 'pick up and knit'.

along a selvedge (side edge)

along a neck edge

along a selvedge (side edge)

With the right side of the knitting facing you, insert the knitting needle from front to back between the first and second stitches of the first row. Wrap the yam around the needle and pull a loop through to form a new stitch on the needle. Continue in this way along the edge of the knitting.

along a neck edge

On a neck edge, work along the straight edges as for a selvedge. But along the curved edges, insert the needle through the centre of the stitch below the shaping (to avoid large gaps) and pull a loop of yam through to form a new stitch on the needle.

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