The Pick Up and Knit stitch is another way to work an increase in your knitting. It’s a bit more decorative and it creates a small eyelet – so don’t replace a “regular” increase with a PU/K stitch.
But if your pattern specifies a Pick Up and Knit stitch, this is a great tutorial to help you do it!
How to knit a PU/K
As always, follow the instructions contained in your pattern.
For these pics, we’ll start with 5 stitches and end with 6 stitches.
Step 1: With your left needle you will enter into the strand (bar) between your left and right needle. You will be inserting needle into the front of the strand (bar).
Step 2: Knit that stitch through the front loop.
Step 3: Once you work the Pick Up and Knit, you will have picked up and knit a stitch that was not there. You’ll increase your stitch count by 1.
Here it is after we’ve worked a few plain rounds.
About the Instructor: Andi Gallegos
Andi Gallegos- aka Mysistersknitter on Ravelry- learned to first crochet more than 20 years ago from a coworker, while looking for a way to occupy herself during downtime at a call center job. A couple of years later after many attempts to teach herself to knit from books, she found a video that taught kids to knit and it suddenly clicked. Nowadays it is rare for a day to go by without at least one stitch being knit.
At that time living and knitting in sunny Arizona didn’t warrant a large knitting community, so Andi started a blog called My Sister’s Knitter as a way to connect with other knitters.
Andi believes that if everyone knit or crocheted the world would be a kindler, gentler place.
About the Instructor: Jody Richards
Jody loves pouring over stitch dictionaries and trying out new stitches. And while she likes all things crafting (well ok, except that one thing), yarn crafts are her true love (and she has the stash to prove it).
She’s a serial starter-of-projects and has a serious problem with finishing things without a deadline.
And don’t get her talking about hand-dyed yarns. You’ve been warned.