Originally Posted by MerigoldinWA
If you have your gauge right and the number of stitches called for in the pattern at the neck edge, then you need to pick up the number of stitches they ask for. The designer realizes that is 48 different from what you had, but this is needed to get the look they got. It seems wrong, but it will work out. Seeming gaps will fill in and all will be well.
Yep, I actually was smart and did a swatch. Rather proud of myself for that one!!
All my pieces have come out to their exact measurement when I'm done with each piece, so I know I'm doing it right. With this being my first sweater, it just gets frustrating that they are speaking a different language than I'm used to and assuming I'll know that it's okay to not pick up every stitch.
Oh well, such is life. I'm off to undo my sts and start again. Thanks for the help everyone!