Picking up stitches
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I finished my hat on circular needles. Had a bit o trouble with the end stitches but it looks pretty good there now. Discovered I didn't join the knitting too well on the circulars but am not going to frog the hat for that.
The pattern calls for picking up 72 stitches around the lower 2 or 3 rows to make a ruffle.
I do not seem to be able to get the hang of picking up the stitches along the brim. ONe video said to look for the V . When these were the cast on stitches so I guess I have to go a little deeper into the stitch. . The yarn is a soft acrylic with kinks in it Lion Brand Homespun. It feels wonderful but does it is easy to get a needle between the parts that make up each strand.
The video said to pick up stitches I have tried several different needles but am not making much progress. I am tempted to let this brim roll.
It is supposed to have a ribbon or I cord or braiding run a few rows up from the brim.
I think I could crochet a row or two even though I don't seem to grasp how to pick up sticks for knitting. T
Perhaps someone knows some very good directions for a beginner.
I find it much easier to pick up stitches if I use a crochet hook then slip the stitches on the crochet hook onto your knitting needle.
When I first started to 'pick up' stitches I had a problem with keeping to the same row. I would use a large tapestry needle with a contrast yarn and run it through, just picking up one side of the V as I went...almost like weaving, pick up one, go over next, pick up one..etc.
I could then see if the line was straight, but I could also see where I had to pick up the stitches.
It takes a little longer, but is worth the effort as you get a finish you can be proud of.
I find to go one row deeper for picking up for neck shapping so maybe this would work for your brim.
Picking up stitches can be tricky, but I'm thinking the reason you are struggling is because of the type of yarn you are using. Lion Brand Homespun is great looking, but in my opinion pretty tough to work with.
in a project like this would if be possible to us the temporary
cast-on, knit all the stitches and then increase to the desired amount?
when you are picking up cast on stitches each stich will cross each other forming a v they are telling you to pick this up however i like to knit through the loop(both sides and proceed from there. put your needle through the loop fro the right side to the back and knit the stitch with a new piece of yarn-either your free hand or a second needle will help you do this. just make sure of your stitch count-should be the same as the cast on number follow your pattern from there for the ruffle
I agree with Coopwire, Homespun is difficult to work with, a smooth twist yarn would be better to try this on for the first time. Having said that, the crochet hook pick-up suggested by Nana Ivie might work for you.
A little late to mention the wrong yarn :( I have several balls of it as it feels so good and is the right color. I agree a smooth yarn would have been better for learning purposes .
Thanks for the suggestions.
I forgot the most important part. If I do pick up the stitches with a crochet hook and put the stitches on to the circular needle do I pick up stitches going to the left or to the right from the marker? Also is the cable to the left or right of the stitches being added?
You generally pick up stitches with the right side facing, so assuming the brim is your cast on edge, work from right to left starting at the last cast on stitch. You will hook up the yarn (if you are using a crochet hook)and place the loop on your needle tip in your right hand and continue around, so the cable of your needle will be hanging off to the right.
Hope this helps.
It helps immensely. Thanks.
If you do this pattern again, you may want to do a provisional cast on, so once you are done, you can retrieve the stitches you need for the ruffle by pulling out the spare yarn and slipping the stitches on a working needle one at a time.
I usually do a crochet cast on, and have found it is very easy to pick up one stitch at a time. I make baby surprise jackets and pick up 32 stitches on the ends of the arms to make a ribbed cuff, and have no problem finding and putting the needle through the crochet stitches.
I can't do the crochet cast on with the short hooks I have. I have ordered some longer ones which I hope will be easier to hold. I do wish the hooks and the other needles I ordered would arrive.
I'll have to watch the video on provisional cast on again. Never thought of the advantage at the picking up stitches stage.
I am with you, Coopwire. Homespun yarn has no give! I knitted a toy poodle using that yarn and found it very difficult to work with when doing the loopy stitch. The yarn has a nylon thread intertwined which has no give at all! I also found it has a tendency to "worm." I would try a different yarn.