Took me a minute to get my head round that one myself.
If there's a strand of yarn (that you would normally weave in,) next to the place you want to start the pick up - push it through to the front and then take it to the back again - in effect, making a small running stitch on the front.
When the yarn end is at the back again, tie it to the new working yarn before you start picking up the stitches.
What if you're picking up stitches where there's no strand of yarn that you'd normally weave in--i.e., you're picking up stitches in a new place where there are no previously existing yarn ends? (hope I explained that right) What's a good way to anchor the new working yarn for the picked up stitches?
There's a couple of things I've used to give the yarn a good 'anchor' where there's been no other yarn to attach it to.
First off, put the two pieces of knitting together, right side up - have a couple of straight pins handy and just pin the beginning of the edges together.
Turn the knitting over to the wrong side and unravel 2 - 3 ins. of yarn from the ball. Thread the end through a tapestry or large-eye needle and weave the end of the yarn onto a nearby stitch.
Alternatively, do the same as before, but instead of using a darning needle, wrap the yarn around a small, coil-less safety pin and anchor it to a stitch at the back.
The main thing is to have the yarn firmly secured but you also need to allow enough 'wiggle' room to allow you to stretch the picked up stitches a little, if you have to - plus enough yarn to weave in when making up the garment.
Log cabin - if you were making the cabin out of wood or another material, would you want the front, sides and back corners to meet flush or would you want the front and back to stand out a little wide of the sides?
I must say I wish that Nona had used a lighter colour than black, so you could see more clearly how the stitches 'disappear'.
If you could give me some idea of how you'll knit the edges of the cabin 'walls' please, I'll get back to you. There are different ways of joining that give different effects.
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