Picking Up Stitches

Many patterns will instruct you to “pick up and knit”, and there are lots of different ways to do this! Below you’ll find some of my tutorials of the ways I like to do it, and how I do it in different circumstances.

Picking Up and Knitting Stitches for Front Bands in a Cardigan:

The video below will walk you through how to pick up and knit for a cardigan – I use my Audrey’s Cardigan as the example (this video was part of a knitalong I did for it in the Fall of 2020). But regardless of the pattern you are doing, many of the techniques are the same:

Pick-Up and Knit Around an Armhole

Sometimes you’ll be instructed to pick-up and knit stitches around an armhole opening, in a drop-shoulder garment or in a vest for example. In the below tutorial, I show you how I did this in my Azalea top and how I did it using the magic loop method (instead of having to use DPNs). But if you would prefer to use DPNs (or if it’s a vest and you can use a 16″ circular), then you can still refer to this video for how the actual pick-up and knit is worked.

Picking Up Stitches Around the Neck

In the video below I walk you through how to pick-up and knit stitches around the neckline of my Summer Soundtrack top. But regardless of the specific design, the techniques I use for picking-up around a neckline are the same so hopefully you’ll find this helpful for many other types of designs as well!

Picking Up Stitches Along a Cast-On Edge:

My video below shows you how to pick up stitches along a cast-on edge – I instruct you to do this in my Brightside Cowl and Study Buddy Mitts:

Using a Crochet Hook to Help

Also, I have a video tutorial that shows you how to you can use a crochet hook to pick up and knit stitches – this trick can be really helpful if you’ve had a hard time picking up in the past. Check out my video below: