Picking up stitches

When you add a neckband, button band or any type of border to another knitted piece, you pick up the stitches for it evenly along the edge using one needle. With the right side of the work facing, the needle is held in the right hand and inserted through the edge stitches, the left hand holding the work. A new ball of yarn is joined and is wrapped around the needle and a loop is pulled through. One stitch has been knitted on to the needle. Use a size smaller needle than that used for the main piece.

On a horizontal bound (cast) off edge

Hold the work in your left hand. With a needle and the yarn in your right hand, insert the needle into the centre of the first stitch in the row below the bound (cast) off edge. Wrap the yarn knitwise around the needle and draw through a loop. Continue in this way, inserting the needle through the centre of the stitch.

On a vertical edge

(for example, the front of a cardigan)

Hold the work in your left hand. With a needle and the yarn in your right hand, insert the needle between the first and second stitches at the beginning of the first row, wrap the yarn around knitwise and pull through a stitch. Continue up the edge, inserting the needle between the stitches on each row. taking in one stitch. If you are using a thick yarn, where one stitch may measure !^in (1.5cm) or more, insert the needle through the centre of the edge stitch, taking in only half a stitch to reduce bulk.

On a shaped edge

(for example, neck shaping)

Use the above methods for picking up stitches along the straight edges of the neck. On the shaped part, insert the needle into the centre of the stitches one row below the decreasing. Do not pick up along the edge as this will result in holes. If you have to pick up extra stitches to cover a gap, for example, between the bind (cast) off stitches and the shaping, decrease these stitches on the next row.

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