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HOW TO PICK UP STITCHES

This tutorial shows you how to use a lifeline as a guide to pick up stitches. For help placing a lifline, see the Placing a Lifeline tutorial.

Using a lifeline for picking up stitches can you help you make sure that you are picking up stitches evenly to work a pocket from the middle of fabric that's already been worked.

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Here's a swatch with a lifeline placed.

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With a circular needle, insert into each stitch marked by the lifeline one at a time from right to left.

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After picking up several stitches

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When all the marked stitches have been placed on your needle, remove the waste yarn.

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Draw the circular needle through so that the tip of the needle is ready to work like a regular row of stitches. Knit into each of these stitches to establish your pocket.

If you leave an extra-long tail before your first row of knits, you can use this to seam your pocket. For help seaming pockets evenly, see the Seaming Pockets tutorial.

Placing a Lifeline

Seaming Pockets

Patterns that use this technique:

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Kalaloch

Estela

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