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how do you pick up knitting stitches for the mason dixon log cabin blanket?

March 8th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Knitting Stitches

When I pick up it looks great but after a few rows I notice a hole in the corner like I missed a stitch…..

Pick up more stitches in the corner than you normally would and then on the next row decrease with a k2tog to get to the correct number of stitches. If you’re picking up a stitch and it’s stretched out, you can also knit into the back loop of that picked up stitch to help tighten it up.

Here’s a great resource for finishing techniques and it has tips for picking up stitches on a diagonal, horizontal edge, vertical edge, etc..

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  • 1 editorgrrl // Mar 8, 2010 at

    From the Mason-Dixon Knitting blog (scroll down):
    http://www.masondixonknitting.com/archives/2006_07.html#001608

    "My method of picking up stitches is sometimes called ‘pick up AND KNIT’, because as I stick my needle into the edge that I’m picking up on, I pull a loop of the new yarn through to make a new stitch. I’ve seen people pick up stitches just by picking up the existing loops–naked, as it were–and stacking them on the right needle. I don’t do it that way because it seems to me that it puts too much strain and stretch on that edge, and the tension of the join is tighter than the tension of the knitting. Here’s how it looks the way I pick up stitches:

    [go to the website above to see the picture]

    See how I’ve pulled a loop of the new yarn through each stitch as I picked it up? ‘Pick up stitches’, like most knitting terms, is in the eye of the knitter. It usually doesn’t matter, except when it does matter!"

    Here’s a great article from Knitty about picking up stitches: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/FEATwin04TT.html
    References :

  • 2 bogiebogie // Mar 8, 2010 at

    Pick up more stitches in the corner than you normally would and then on the next row decrease with a k2tog to get to the correct number of stitches. If you’re picking up a stitch and it’s stretched out, you can also knit into the back loop of that picked up stitch to help tighten it up.

    Here’s a great resource for finishing techniques and it has tips for picking up stitches on a diagonal, horizontal edge, vertical edge, etc..
    References :
    http://www.studioknits.com/booktoc.htm

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