Knit Perfect

y If the knitting pattern does not tell you how many stitches to pick up, measure the length of the edge and multiply it by the stitch gauge (tension) of the border to be knitted. You can get this from measuring the border if it has already been used on the garment, or by knitting a piece of the border as though it were for a gauge (tension) sample. Place markers every I in (2.5cm) along the edge and pick up the number of stitches in I in (2.5cm) of the border.

Practise by picking up stitches along the edge of the gauge (tension) square worked for the main fabric.

For example, if the edge measures lOin (25cm) and the stitch gauge (tension) of the border is 4 stitches to I in (2.5cm), you would place markers every I in (2.5cm) and pick up 4 stitches between them for a total of 40 stitches.

y If you pick up too few stitches for a neckband, button band or border, it will pull or gather up the main fabric. If you have too many stitches, the neckband, button band or border will be fluted and will not lie flat. Work out your stitches carefully before you begin and always unravel and start again if it does not look right.

A badly knitted border will spoil a well-knitted garment.

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