How to pick up knitting stitches
Why pick up stitches?
Many of my blanket patterns have continuous joining as knitting of the blanket progresses. New stitches for each square are created by picking up stitches from the edge of previous squares.
This style of knitting is often called Domino Knitting as each block joins onto and is dependent on previous blocks.
How to pick up the stitches
The technique used uses a crochet hook in creating the new stitches. A crochet hook is an extremely useful tool in knitting. It is also useful for picking up dropped stitches.
The edge where the stitches are being picked up is stretched out (Figure 1). This makes it easier to exactly place the crochet hook for the stitch. In the stitch picking up being done in this piece, the hook is pushed through just below each “little knob” along the edge. This is every second row of the garter stitch. The yarn is then “hooked” and drawn back through to create the stitch on the crochet hook (Figure 2).
This blanket is using the continuous rib decrease so that a continuous diagonal ridge runs across from square to square. The last stitch from the previous block has been retained using a stitch marker (Figure 3).