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Picking Up Stitches

September 22, 2010

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Today I have a video tutorial for you on how to pick up stitches on the neckline of a sweater. I am picking up for a hood but for a simple neckline edging without a hood you use the same technique only you would continue picking up stitches all the way around and then join to work in the round. For a neckline edging you would want to use a 16 inch circular needle.

For the hood you pick up the stitches and then work back and forth to the desired length. Then you need to join the top seam of the hood together by either binding off and stitching together with a yarn needle, using a three-needle bind off or using the kitchener stitch.

Here is what I am doing for the hood on TC’s Raglan:

Pick up stitches using US size 7 twenty-four inch circular needles as follows:

Starting on the right front about 1 1/2 inches down from the raglan line pick up 5 stitches.

Pick up 8 stitches across the right sleeve.

Pick up 25 stitches across the back.

Pick up 8 stitches across the left sleeve.

Pick up 5 stitches down the left front.

51 stitches total are now on the needle.

Begin working back and forth.

Purl 1 row.

Next row: k1, (kfb, k4) repeat ( ) to the end (61 stitches)

Purl 1 row.

Next row: k1, (kfb, k5) repeat ( ) to the end (71 stitches)

Purl 1 row.

Next row: k1, kfb, knit to the end. (72 stitches)

Work even until the hood measures 12 inches from the pick up row. Place 36 stitches on a spare needle to prepare for the kitchener stitch. Join the stitches together at the top of the hood using the kitchener stitch.

I’ll be back as soon as I finish the hood to show how to put on the hood and remaining neckline edging.

I hope this helps!

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