Tutorial Tuesday: How to pick up and knit stiches from the top or bottom of you knitting.

Picking up stitches allows knitters to seamlessly add additional length or a border to a knit piece. This month, we’ll look at different aspects of picking up stitches.

Today, we’re going to look at how to pick up and knit stitches from the cast-on or bound-off edge of your work. This tutorial applies to Stockinette stitch, one of the most commonly used stitches in knitting. I have used a contrasting color of yarn to pick up the stitches so that it’s easier to see.

Step One: Examine the knitting!

Note that on the right side of your knitting, each stitch is a little “V”.

Step Two: Place the point of the needle in the center of the “V”.

Make sure there are two loops on the needle; otherwise you may have holes. This is what the needle should look like:

Step Three: Using a new length of yarn, create a stitch.

Hold the needle in your left hand, and grasp the new length of yarn with the ring and pinky finger of your left hand.

Put the new yarn over the needle like so:

As usual with knitting, you need to put some tension on the yarn.

At last, you pull the new stitch through, just like you would any other knit stitch.

Voila! Simply continue picking up stitches across the row. You’ll knit these stitches as you would any cast-on row.

Next week: Picking up and knitting stitches from the sides of your knitting.

The Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works license applies to this tutorial.

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7 Responses to Tutorial Tuesday: How to pick up and knit stiches from the top or bottom of you knitting.

  1. Joe says:

    Woohoo, your first tutorial! (I think? lol)Well explained and nice format 🙂

  2. TopHat says:

    I should show Beth this- I was trying to explain it over the phone and wasn’t really helping.

  3. Anonymous says:

    How do you secure the knit you just stitched? It looks as though nothing is keeping it there and you could just pull out the string from the end. Also, wouldn’t that make it difficult to continue picking up stitches?

  4. Annie Banani says:

    Thank You !!! Trying to teach myself to knit from a book and have been totally stuck on how to do this – after lots of searching this is the only source of info that sets it out in an easy to follow format and i can actually do it now. Thanks again.

  5. Annie Banani says:

    Thank You !!!! Trying to teach myself to knit from a book and have been totally stuck on how to do this – after much (MUCH!) searching this is the only info that sets it out clearly enough for me to follow – i can do it now ! Thanks again.

  6. Tricia says:

    That was exactly what I needed! Thank you So Much!

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