It's a common misunderstanding. On rare occasion, you just pick up stitches without knitting them, but the pattern will tell you so.
Sometimes you are told to pick up purlwise, which is just pulling the loop through from the back.
"Trust the pattern!"
Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.
Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog
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