Regarding picking up stitches, for instance around a steeked armhole to knit the sleeves- there seems to be some mystery about this. One is instructed to knit x stitches per y rows because the size of a row varies from that of a stitch. Would it not make sense to simply measure the distance around the arm hole, say 20 inches and then multiply by the stitches per inch to get an exact number of stitches to be cast on? I am starting a sweater in the round and am planning to steek the armholes and neck, and then pick up the stitches and knit rather than knit the sleeves separately and attach them.
Also, regarding steeks- does anyone put stitches at the base of the armhole and neckhole on hold or bind them off at the start of the steek, and what would be the advantage of that? There is a lot of info on steeks on the web but no one site seems to cover all the questions. Thanks folks,