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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Nurse Needles - picking up stitches for bands

Everybody's got their own way of picking up stitches for button bands.  Nurse Needles recommends picking up about 20 stitches and knitting a swatch...yes yes, I know everyone hates swatching but it is a necessary tool to avoid rip outs!!  So, knit your swatch.  The hard and fast rule is that you must like the outcome - so look at your swatch - if it seems too "bunchy" you know you have picked up too many stitches.  If it seems too "stretched" you know you need to pick up more stitches.   This is especially important in button bands - which we'll talk more about in the next post.  Happy knitting!!

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