Knitting patterns will usually tell you how many stitches to pick up. You must pick up the stitches evenly; begin and end at the edges and space the remaining stitches equally along the edge.
Using a tape measure and with the work laid out flat place a marker (length of yarn or a safety pin) in the centre of the edge, divide each half in half again and place a marker, and then halve each quarter and place a marker, dividing the edge into eight equal sections. Divide the number of stitches to be picked up by eight. Count the number of rows or stitches in each section and work the picked up stitches evenly between them.
For example, each section has ten rows and you have to pick up eight stitches. Pick up a stitch in each of the first four rows, miss a row then pick up a stitch in each of the next four rows, miss a row, then go on to the next section.
Work the stitches in the last section so that there is a stitch picked up in each of the last four rows, for example, one stitch in each of first two rows, miss a row, one stitch in each of next two rows, miss a row, one stitch in each of last four rows.
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