Monday, April 30, 2007

Picking up stitches

Good Monday to you all. Thanks again for your sweet comments - my back is much better :-)
The lace edging is fun to knit after all that stockinette! Here it is on the bottom edge of the back of the bolero:

But what a royal pain to pick up all those stitches! I am seeing why the directions called for doing each piece separately - the number of stitches to pick up is greater than the number of stitches on the edge (pick up 103 from the 96 and even more around the front). I think the math and the size would make it too unwieldy to have everything seamed and then do this procedure as a whole.

I used a crochet hook (as per Vogue Knitting) and it did work well - but I was very slow and it is certainly not my favorite technique! It is much easier to pick up the gusset stitches on a sock.

More to come~~~


schrodinger said...

Glad your back is feeling better.

Picking up those stitches sounds like a royal pain, but worth it though.

lobstah said...

Aha, that makes perfect sense why you would not want to pick up the stitches all around the whole sweater! Good to know!

Larjmarj said...

Wow, that's a lot of picking up to do. I have a hard time with the math of trying to gauge when to add in the extra stitch to an edge.
The edging looks just lovely.
Glad to hear that your back is feeling better.
Back pain = no fun.

twig said...

Oh my. Picking up that many stitches would drive me nuts! But it certainly is looking nice!

Love the hat. It's a gorgeous color.

Is there a red sock society for people who don't wear hats?

Meredith said...

You're already to the edging? Wow, that's working up quickly!