I’ve been on the road teaching a workshop for the last few days, so I apologize in advance for the quality of the photos in today’s post. Since I was teaching all day, most of these were taken at night in the hotel.
Thank you to everyone who stepped up to answer questions since the last post! I was traveling and didn’t have my laptop, so I really appreciate it.
Today’s post will focus on picking up stitches and knitting the ribbing along the neckline of the shrug.
I tried to get some good photos of where / how I picked up my stitches, but this is actually a very individual process. (Here is a video from www.knittinghelp.com that shows how to pick up stitches.)
I tend to use the stitches along the outermost edge of the knitted fabric, while some teachers will tell you to pick up a little farther into the fabric. Wherever you choose to pick your stitches up, you’ll be fine, as long as you pick up the number of stitches recommended by the pattern. The two kinds of stitches that you will find at the edge of the fabric are what look like bumps (first arrow) and lines (second arrow.) You can pick up into either of these.
You just insert the needle into the fabric and draw the working yarn through the loop that you’ve created.
Begin picking up stitches at the right back section, and continue around the right front.
At the cast-on edge, you just pick up one stitch for every cast on stitch, and then continue down the left front, and end at the left back right at the spot that your stitches are waiting for you on the scrap yarn.
Transfer these stitches to the needle. Now you’re ready to work your ribbing in the round.
For people who have added stitches at the under arm, you will fold the little flap of extra stitches up, and pick up sts along that top/cast on edge.
Place markers like I have in the photo below, so that you remember which sts are added, and which are part of the original pattern. This way, you can still follow the original pattern instructions for your size when you are ready to do your increases.
The pattern instructions themselves are fine, but the way that RLI is described in the pattern notes makes the increase section not quite work out.
My next post will describe the increase section in detail.