So far I've got the back and two front sides done on this
. Special thanks to knittinghelp for the shaping on the front pieces. I'm at the Sleeves now and need some help. The pattern goes like so:
Sew shoulder seams. Place markers 4 (4, 4½, 5) in. [10 (10, 11.5, 12.5) cm down from shoulder on Front and Back. From RS, pick up and k 26 (26, 30, 32) sts between markers. Work in garter st (k every row) for 2 in. [5 cm].
1. Should I block the front and side pieces before sewing the shoulder seams?
2. Is there a particular way to sew shoulder seams together? (and a video or tutorial link for it? I don't mind searching - just if I know there is one to search for).
3. I don't know how to "pick up stitches".
As you can see this sweater is providing a lot of "firsts" for me! I really appreciate all your help