I've started my first sweater. I've done the back, front, sewing right shoulder seam, and now it tells me to pick up and k 20 sts evenly spaced down left front neck shaping to front st holder. I read how to pick up stiches along the edge but if I start from the left picking up stiches then knit back up how do I get back to the middle where I'm suppose to slip stiches from stich holder onto needle? Do I pick up stich, then knit? If I do that then I'll get twisted.
Pick up and knit sounds like separate things, but it's really only one. You 'pick up' a stitch by inserting the right needle into a stitch on the edge, and 'knit it' by wrapping the yarn around the needle and drawing it through.
You'll be turning the piece around so you would pretend 'left side' is like your left needle, then you go across it as if you were knitting a row. Have you seen the video for picking up stitches, I think it's on the Tips page.
Thank you so much Suseeq. I saw the video. I just thought that after picking up a stich they wanted you to knit it too. But picking up a stich also means picking up and knitting a stich. One last question. The left and right side of the neck has a loop from when I was knitting with two balls of yarn and binding off. Do I start picking up stiches with a new ball of yarn? What do I do with those two loops.