Picking up stitches along the edge is useful in a number of applications. Picking up stitches between the edge stitch and the next stitch gives you a beautifully clean finish.
In Jill Wolcott Knits® patterns, I often use the term “pull up” in place of “pick up” as I think the term is clearer, because you’re pulling up the thread to work it.
PU Stitches between edge and next stitch
“Pick up” Phrasing Version One: Pick up stitches by putting the tip of the right needle from front to back in between the edge and next stitch. Pick up stitches by wrapping or picking yarn as if to knit and bring the loop through the fabric to the right needle on the right side.
“Pick up” Phrasing Version Two: From the RS, at the beginning of the row, use right needle to PU a new stitch between the edge and next stitch along edge of neckline shaping; at the end of the row, PU a new stitch onto right needle as at beginning.
“Pull up” Phrasing Version One: Pull up stitches by putting the tip of the right needle from front to back in between edge and next stitch, wrapping or picking the yarn as if to knit and bringing the loop through to the RS.
This technique is used to pick up stitches in many different applications. PU stitches is used to pick up for bands: front, neckline, other trims, and to allow knitting in another direction. This is the most general technique which creates a selvage stitch.
Pattern Specific Variations to PU stitches: between edge and next st
Sometimes, I include technique variations that are for specific patterns. I always include directions for specific techniques in the pattern itself, so be sure to also read any patterns you’re working on closely.
PU for edge BO for Medellín
Pick up between the edge and next stitch using a needle in your right hand to wrap yarn, and pick up a new stitch. Use a smaller needle size if your new loops are loose.