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Old 09-26-2012, 11:48 AM   #1
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Picking up cast on stitches?
Hello! I'm trying my hand at a more difficult pattern than I would usually attempt. After all, that's how you get better, right? But I'm only barely started and already stumped. Here is what I'm making...

http://www.thedietdiary.com/knitting...HKNewsBoy.html

I'm on instruction 2b where it says "Pick up the cast on hat stitches another circular needle by pushing the needle tip into the loops of the cast on row." I guess I'm just having a hard time picturing how to do it exactly, where to stick my needle in and where it should come back out. I'm a visual learner so I tried finding a video on it but I don't even know what you would CALL it. LOL. So can anyone help me?
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:21 PM   #2
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Basically, you're picking up the stitches from your provisional cast on. That's the initial row that you knit with the cotton scrap yarn. This is done so that you can seemlessly pick up sts and knit in the opposite direction. You can insert the needle the way Amy demonstrated in this video for inserting the needle into a destination row. (Of course, you're not going to ripping back your knitting just re-inserting the needle the way she does.) Once you have the needle inserted, you can cut and pick out the scrap yarn and you'll have live sts on the re-inserted needle. This is going to be easier to do if you use a smaller size needle for re-inserting.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:51 PM   #3
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Basically, you're picking up the stitches from your provisional cast on. That's the initial row that you knit with the cotton scrap yarn. This is done so that you can seemlessly pick up sts and knit in the opposite direction. You can insert the needle the way Amy demonstrated in this video for inserting the needle into a destination row. (Of course, you're not going to ripping back your knitting just re-inserting the needle the way she does.) Once you have the needle inserted, you can cut and pick out the scrap yarn and you'll have live sts on the re-inserted needle. This is going to be easier to do if you use a smaller size needle for re-inserting.
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Thank you! That's good news because I actually know how to DO that! I just wasn't sure since I'll be ripping from the bottom instead of the top. So I insert INTO the cotton round and not the first round with my project yarn?
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:25 PM   #4
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No, you have to take the cotton yarn out if that's what you used for the provisional CO. It may help if use use a thinner needle to insert into each stitch as you take the cotton out of them, go stitch by stitch until all of the sts are on the needle. That's what is meant by 'picking up' not the same thing as when you pick up from an edge.
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I found a video, I think if you actually see someone do it it might help.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1ock...eature=related

The first time I picked up stitches it was terrifying, I thought for sure my whole project would fall apart. It didn't, yours won't, you'll get the hand of it. I actually saw how to do it in a mittens video, setting up for an afterthought thumb.
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
The first time I picked up stitches it was terrifying, I thought for sure my whole project would fall apart.
YES!! Exactly what I'm afraid of. LOL!!
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Originally Posted by paparazzimama View Post
YES!! Exactly what I'm afraid of. LOL!!
Ah, once you do it it'll be easy peasy. I picked up the stitches and left the waste yarn in place while I started knitting again, making it more difficult. You can try it on a smaller swatch or something first. I think the thumb of a mitten was less intimidating because it was only a dozen or stitches involved.
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Originally Posted by paparazzimama View Post
YES!! Exactly what I'm afraid of. LOL!!
Stitches don't drop as easily as people think. Just go slow and don't stretch out the edge and they'll stay where they should be.
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Also, since you're actually picking up the loops between sts when you pick up in this direction (at the first working yarn row), loose sts is really not a problem. Those sts aren't going to ladder away from you. You could try it on a swatch to see how it works if you want.
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:42 PM   #10
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I DID IT!! It really was no sweat once I sat down and did it. Woo!! Thanks EVERYONE for the help!! I'm pluggin' along on the hat, now hoping to get it and another done by Halloween. My twin boys are going to be Mario and Luigi and these will be the icing on the cake. Thanks again!!
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