Picking Up Stitches On Knitting

June 2nd, 2014

I have been knitting these log cabin blocks I am so keen on, I love them because it is knitted in different directions but involves no sewing, I am quite used to picking up stitches so I haven’t found these a problem but things weren’t always that way, like with everything when knitting new challenges take time to get the hang of. I know that some people really struggle with this so I have put together a few examples and things that might help.

When it comes to garter stitch the first thing I think it to slip the first stitch PURL-wise then someone pointed out to me it is quite easy to pick up on these without slipping the first stitch, there are a few ways to do this.

As we have a few different edges I will start this off with the cast off edge.

When you cast off you (usually) have little ‘v’s along the cast off edge, just pick up trough this catching both legs/posts….

Pick up yarn through these
Pick up yarn through these

All the way along cast off edge
All the way along cast off edge

Picked up stitches along cast on edge (front)
Picked up stitches along cast on edge (front)

Picked up stitches along cast on edge (back)
Picked up stitches along cast on edge (back)

As you knit this it should go in the same direction and just look like a change of color with what looks like a seam on the back.

There are (at least) two ways to pick up garter stitch edges

This is the edge I want to pick up on
This is the edge I want to pick up on

Pick up theses side loops
Pick up theses side loops

Along edge of ridges
Along edge of ridges

I like to run my needle trough the loops at the end of the ridges, then knit these with new yarn

knitting picked up stitches

knitting picked up stitches

As you can see the knitting goes in the other direction.

Another way to pick up edge/side stitches, and I would say this is easier, is to poke your needle trough the gap BETWEEN the ridges

At the edge in the 'dip'
At the edge in the ‘dip’

Pick up trough this gap all the way along

pick up side edge of knitting

You get a nice even pick up with this and it is really quick

If you are still struggling with picking up the side stitches then a great way to make sure you can see were the stitch should be picked up is to use the same technique as you would to get neat garter stitch edges, I often use these when edges will be visible or if I know picking up stitches will be tricky.

It is easy to do, just slip your stitch PURL-wise

Slip as if to purl then put yarn to the front and knit the row.

Slip as if to purl
Slip as if to purl

Yarn to the front and knit the row
Yarn to the front and knit the row

Keep knitting untill you have finished you section.

We have v’s again (like the cast off edge) up the sides

Garter 'neat' stitch edge
Garter ‘neat’ stitch edge

So we just pick up trough these! 🙂

Pick up through all 'v's
Pick up through all ‘v’s

Pick up stitches along neat garter stitch edge (back)
Pick up stitches along neat garter stitch edge (back)

Pick up stitches along neat garter stitch edge (front)
Pick up stitches along neat garter stitch edge (front)

But as everyone has their own idea of which is easier, give them all a try to see which you like best!

For the log cabin squares it can seem a bit complicated as you are picking up different edges on your first row of a new section, I have made a diagram of the block (much like on the pattern link) which numbers the sections and then another one that tells you where you are picking up & which edges it will be….a cast on edge or side…I hope it helps rather than confuses further, I found the best thing to do is take it one section at a time!

Just click the picture to see the instructions clearly

log cabin blocks patten diagram picking up stitches on garter stitch knitting

EDIT- I have realized this is slightly wrong I Have corrected it and put in a new one, please let me know if it still seems wrong – TBK

There is also this  Log cabin block document by Sam Obrien Currie which shows you were to pick up your stitches, this is really useful to show next set to pick up and to keep track of were the next section needs to be.

happy knitting x

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