Picking up stitches on a diagonal or curved edge

Most curved edges are made by a series of stepped bind-offs followed by decreases that give a far-from-smooth curved line. Not to worry. The picked-up band saves the day with an attractive continuous curve.

MJEfl When you pick up stitches along a curved edge, avoid working in the very edge stitch. Instead, work into a stitch or between stitches at least 1 full stitch in from the edge. Your aim is to make a nice-looking line for your border to begin on, not to see how close you can work to the uneven edge of your knitting.

Pick up stitches on the bound-off edge of the back neck and the center front bound-off section as shown in the earlier section, "Picking up stitches along a horizontal edge." Along the side neck edges, pick up between running threads and then in the center of stitches as you follow the line of stitches marking the curve of the neck. In Figure 17-3, the darkened stitches show you where to insert your needle to pick up stitches along a curve.

Figure 17-3:

Pick up stitches on a bound-off curved neckline.

Figure 17-3:

Pick up stitches on a bound-off curved neckline.

When you have to pick stitches up along the neck edge for a collar that isn't rib, pick up with WS facing. That way, when the collar is turned, the fabric faces the right way.

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