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« on: May 29, 2008 02:02:54 AM »

I'm trying to knit some mittens that have a picot cuff edge. I've knitted 11 rounds with one round of k2tog yo and then the instructions say join stitches to cast on edge. I tried that but ended up with a lumpy mess. Help!
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2008 09:16:54 AM »

Picot can be awkward. I find the easiest way for me is to use a separate needle to pick up the stitches from the cast on edge, then knit off both needles at the same time.

So, if I have ten stitches on my first needle, I use the spare needle to pick up ten stitches on the cast on row, starting at the join if knitting in the round. I then hold spare needle next to first needle, and knit through both stitches - in other words, I put the right hand needle through the first stitch on needle one, then through the stitch on the spare, then wrap the yarn and pull the new stitch through both. It's like doing a three needle bind-off...

I just find that goes faster than trying to pick up the cast on stitches one at a time, but it's only a preference.

« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2008 02:42:35 PM »

I find the easiest way to do the picot edge is to ignore joining the stitches to the cast off edge and carry on knititng as normal.  Then once I have finished the item I fold at the line of holes and stitch the edge down - it is almost unnoticeable and far easier!
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