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Old 01-05-2010, 10:39 PM   #1
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need help please
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.

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Old 01-05-2010, 11:49 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:35 AM   #3
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So you just use one needle then? I'm suppose to start from the left side of the shoulder and work down to the neck, does that mean I insert the needle through the pick up stich from the left side?
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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.
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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.
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Old 01-06-2010, 04:44 AM   #6
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I am working on my first sweater and had the same question. Thanks for the help!
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You would need some yarn long enough to knit the neckband around a few rows, so if you cut the working yarn when you were done with the shoulders, you'd need a new strand.

I'm not quite sure I understand a 'loop'...? Do you mean a tail, or yarn end? Or a bit of a gap at the bound off sts?
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the loop is when I was working the front side and was doing the shoulder shaping. I was binding off the left side and right side but still had a loop on the two needles from the last stich.
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for the last stitch, you cut the yarn and pull it through the stitch.
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then with the ball of yarn, you pick the stitches up. ( my grandma showed me this morning)
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