not so s-mitten...

Has anyone used Anna Zilboorg's "Magnificent Mittens"? There is a step in her process which is thoroughly trouncing me. It is the method of increases used in shaping the fingertip, namely, "pick up and knit x stitches". It's not a technique limited to her designs, I'm sure, so if anyone has any ideas... help. I'm stuck.



Eikon's picture

X generlly refer to a preset number usually in parenthesis that is part of the ratio of the pattern you are using as deetermined by the size you chose. So X for S, M ,L etc....


Sorry, I was terribly unclear! I just said x because at various points it's pick up 1 or 2 or 3 or more, depending on the pattern. It is knowing which stitch and where precisely they need to be picked up from without causing a hole.



Tallguy's picture

I'm not really clear what your question is. After reading it several times, it seems you are not sure of what picking up and knitting means. Right?

This instruction will appear in many patterns. You will find it on socks, for example, when you knit a heel flap, and then have to pick up for the gusset. I know, your socks were done with the short-row method, so you didn't have to do that. Or when you have to pick up stitches around the armhole and then knit downward for the sleeve.

There are two things happening here, and sometimes they get mixed up. You will find an excellent video on this topic here:

Sometimes you only have to "pick up stitches" where you will put a loop from the fabric onto your needles. You don't actually pull any loop of yarn through the fabric. These stitches are then worked in some manner according to the design being worked. There is also the "pick up and knit stitches" where you will stick your needle through the fabric and pull a loop through to place on the needle. Then these are live stitches and are worked according to the design.

Is this what you needed to know? If not, ask again! hahaha

Yes and no. I know what they mean... I'm just not excatly sure which of the many loops is to be picked up! (am basically jsut knitting in the round, picking up one stitch to increase between each (of 4) needles).