Simply Knitting - - Ask The Experts - Kirstie

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

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