Picking, knitting & watching

I’ve picked up the stitches along the neckline of my ribbed jacket to knit the collar. I worked out a simple way to make sure I have the stitches evenly spaced out around the neck and managed to get it right the first go too! Yay!

This how I did it. I divided the neckline into sections using stitch markers. Firstly, I folded the neckline in half to work out the mid point. So now I have 2 sections. I folded again to work out the mid point of these sections. Marked them with stitch markers. Now I have 4 sections. I repeated this step again until I get 8 sections.

Sectioning neckline

A little bit of maths helped me work out how many stitches I needed to pick up for each section. I tried to divide the total number of stitches as evenly as possible between all the sections. Some sections had one more stitch than others. Generally, it’s much easier than trying to eyeball 116 stitches around the entire neckline!

A little knitting maths

Then I picked up right number of stitches for each section. That’s it! So much easier dealing with a small section at a time. Phew! Glad that’s over though. I’m happily knitting my collar now and it’s going quick. 🙂

Picked up stitches along neckline

Oh and while I was picking and knitting away, I had one eye on this…

Olly dreaming of Charlie

It’s a little hard to concentrate and count when at any moment, Olly might wake up from his feathery dream and make Charlie his midnight snack!


3 Responses to “Picking, knitting & watching”

  1. Julie says:

    looks like it’s coming along really well- I’m impressed by all the math you’re doing to make sure it’s perfect. And that photo of Olly and Charlie is hilarious!
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Modification Mondays- Red Marjorie =-.

  2. Laura47 says:

    You’re doing a beautiful job! But if I may offer a tip for those who want to be lazy? I learned long ago to ignore the official number of stitches to be picked up — sometimes it’s just too few or too many. Instead, I try to pick up evenly, usually at a rate of picking up 2 for every 3 stitches I’m picking up from, and then I don’t have to worry about measuring and dividing and all those maths!

    I’ve learned to just eyeball the results; if it’s not what I want, I rip it and start again. But I seldom have to do that; it’s usually apparent quite quickly whether the picked-up stitches are the right number. They either look too bunched up or too stretched out.

    Of course, I’ve also been knitting for 35 years, which does make a difference in my willingness to wing it. Also, I’m very much a process knitter, so if I have to knit something again? It’s not exactly punishment. 🙂

    • Salihan says:

      I wish had the experience and guts to eyeball it, Laura! Thanks so much for your advice and tips. I will certainly bare them in mind the next time I do need to pick up around the collar.

      I did worry about eyeballing because the collar is done in a rib pattern and there’s actually a point where I have to increase to shape the collar. If it was a plain collar, I might have been less concerned and anal about it. Haha…

      Anyway, thanks again and I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. I’m spending most of it knitting and trying to finish this jacket! 🙂

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