How to Pick Up Stitches Along an Edge

So now we’re going to pick up stitches on
the edge. Which is going to anchor them in the fabric
instead of creating a new cast on and then we’re going to be able to knit in the other
direction. This is good for log cabin blankets or button
bands. I’m going to pick, I want to be consistent
about the line that I use for picking up stitches so that it looks nice and neat in the finished
fabric. So I’m going to choose this line. Let’s start up here. I’m going to go from the right side and poke
my needle through. I want to make sure I’m catching at least
two sides of a V, in this case I’m catching three. What I don’t want to do is catch the very
edge. So I’m going to go in there, wrap the yarn,
I like to hold it together in a loop, taught, so that this is kind of taught on the needle. And then I can pull it through the fabric. Then I’m going to come into the middle of
the next stitch. Wrap the yarn like a regular knit stitch and
pull it through the fabric. And again into the third. Wrap the yarn, pull it through, and here I
have 3 knit stitches ready to work in that direction. But knit stitches are not square so I’m going
to skip the forth stitch and pick up again in the fifth one. And continue across my fabric, picking up
three and skipping one out of every four. Sometimes people skip two, skip one out of
every three. And then that will give me, if I’m knitting
stockinette in the other direction, Oops, did I skip? I did. You can kind of see the gaps but once I start
knitting, I’ll have fabric that’s even. If I pick up too many stitches, I will end
up with a ruffle and if I pick up too few stitches from this fabric, I’m going to make
the fabric pucker and I neither of those, unless you want a ruffle, is desirable. And you do want to make sure that you have
enough for whatever pattern. So you can see that it’s all in a straight
line and I have these stitches that are ready to work in the other direction and then it
creates a seam that will be on the inside.