I have always liked garments with seams. I understand seamed garments. My mind visualizes in flat patterns, that can be put together to create a new form. However, I’m slowly learning seamless knitting techniques, which means little to no finishing! In my opinion that is pretty awesome, except for one small detail…picking up the stitches. I’m sort of terrible at it. I always pick up too many or too few stitches than what the pattern calls for. I am knitting a beautiful summer shrug in Berroco Maya right now, which required me to pick up a lot of stitches over a large space.I asked my trusty and talented coworker, Alison Green, for help.
Alison suggested breaking up the large space into even sections with markers. I use pins and markers all the time when working, but it never occurred to me to use markers in this context. It’s brilliant!
First, I measured the distance of the area where I needed to pick up stitches. Then I roughly divided that in half on both the front and back of my shrug and placed a marker.
I divided that space in half again and placed a marker, ending up with four sections.
The best part about this approach is that it’s easier to judge how many stitches to pick up over a smaller space.
When you start picking up stitches, make sure to follow the same vertical line for the entire length.
A general rule we use in the office is to pick up 2-3 stitches, then skip one, and repeat. Do this for the entire length of your fabric.
I hope these tips help you pick up stitches in your next project.