Q I’ve had to pick up stitches on a couple of recent projects to do necklines and I’m not sure I’m doing it correctly. How often should I make a stitch into the previous row? How do I know which stitch to work into? Is it the very edge of the row or one stitch in?
A Memmel, Scarborough
It’s easier if you use a smaller needle when picking up stitches and change them back to a bigger size once you’ve picked them all up. If picking up and knitting on the vertical and horizontal, you need to pick up in the centre of every stitch. If your knitting begins to pucker, try picking up three stitches to four on the needle. This will help to keep your edge nice and even. Practice makes perfect in this case – the more picking up you have to do, the better.
Picking up stitches to create the perfect neckband or collar can take a little practice. You can find this cheery jumper in issue 165