When Working Vertically
The two most typical ratios when working vertically are 2 for every 3 (2:3) stitches or 3 for every 4 (3:4 stitches). Your pattern might give you a different ratio because they’re looking for a different aesthetic look. If they do, follow that.
But, most often, you’ll use one of these ratios.
If your pattern doesn’t specify, give 2:3 or 3:4 a try. The big things to watch for are:
- Does it stay nice and flat?
- Do you like the way it looks (meaning it’s neither too tight nor too loose (and create holes).
If it seems like it needs more stitches picked up, go ahead and pick up extra and then just decrease them out on the next row. This way, you don’t create a hole but you also have the correct number of stitches.
A Very Common Example of Picking Up Stitches Vertically
A button band is a great example.
But, if you don’t make cardigans, you can still use it in other ways. You may need to pick up stitches in order to work a border – on a cowl, blanket, shawl and lots of others too.
When Working Horizontally
You’ll typically just pick up one stitch for each stitch that’s there. It’s truly that simple.
This is just a sampling of what’s in our Joining and Picking Up Stitches PDF!
About the Instructor: Jody Richards
Jody is the founder and lead editor of Knotions. She loves poring 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.