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NSAD Rewind: How to Knit The Picking Up and Knitting Stitches

This stitch was originally posted on November 1, 2011


This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to pick up and knit stitches. This technique is sometimes use to knit in another direction on an existing piece of work, or as a finishing technique to add a border. This video will show two different method for picking up stitches.

Also known as: Picking up stitches.

Skill: Easy

Method 1

Step 1: Insert your needle into the center of the “V” for the row you want to begin picking up stitches in.

Step 2: Wrap your working yarn around your needle.

Step 3: Pull the yarn through the stitch.

Continue repeating these three steps until you have picked up all your stitches.

Example of picking up stitches from the center of the stitch

Example of picking up stitches from the center of the stitch

Reverse side of center picked up stitches

Reverse side of center picked up stitches

Method 2

Note: This technique is used for slipped stitches along the side of your work. To use this technique on a bound off edge, repeat only steps 1 – 3.

Step 1: Insert your needle into the center of the “V” for the row you want to begin picking up stitches in.

Step 2: Wrap your working yarn around your needle.

Step 3: Pull the yarn through the stitch.

Step 4: Insert your needle below the front leg of the same stitch, through the center of the stitch.

Step 5: Wrap your working yarn around your needle.

Step 6: Pull the yarn through the stitch.

Example of pickup stitches along the side of your work

Example of pickup stitches along the side of your work

Reverse of pickup stitches along the side of your work

Reverse of pickup stitches along the side of your work

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Comments

  1. deb

    April 9, 2013

    Hi Johnny
    I just got done watching your learn how to pick up and knit stitches video. I am a bit confused. The way I understood the directions in this direction was after you picked up the stitch you were to knit it. before picking up your next stitch. The direction say pick up and knit. am i miss understanding the directions. maybe this is why i some times have holes that i have to go back and close. Please let me know if i am doing it wrong or understanding it wrong. as always i love your video.
    God Bless
    deb

    • Johnny Vasquez

      April 9, 2013

      I always just draw the yarn through, because that creates a new stitch, but you raise a good point. I’ve never tried it the other way, but this always works for me.