Pick Ups!

A couple of posts ago, we learnt all about Wrap & Turns which are super good when dealing with socks and anything else that requires a gentle curve, HOWEVER ….. the eagle eyed amongst us will notice that once you’ve completed the W&T’s there are tiny gaps between the stitches. To rectify this, we need to pick up the stitches and make them ‘live’ again. Here’s how  …..

Picking Up Knit Side 

  1. With the right hand needle (working from front to back), pick up the wrap 
  2. Immediately after, insert the right hand needle into the wrapped stitch as if to knit
  3. Knit both the wrap and the stitch together.

Picking Up Purl Side 

  1. Insert the right hand needle into the wrap from back to front
  2. Using the right hand needle, lift the wrap up and over the wrapped stitch on the left hand needle
  3. Purl both the wrap and the stitch together.

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Stretchy Bind Off

Imagine knitting a sock and finding that the cuff is too tight to get over your foot or knitting a jumper and finding you can’t get your arm through the end of the sleeve ….. a nightmare yes? This is where a stretchy bind off comes in useful so lets get going and learn how!

  1. Put the right hand needle through the back of the first two stitches on the left hand needle. Knit them together.
  2. Slip the new stitch from the right hand needle back onto the left hand needle.
  3. Knit through the back of the first two stitches on the left hand needle.
  4. Repeat from Step 1 until you have only one remaining stitch. Cut a tail long enough to weave in and pull it through the last stitch ensuring its tightly finished so it doesn’t undo.

Result? A wonderfully stretchy bind off and no more struggling to get your feet into sock tops that are just too tight 🙂

Happy New Year!

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