OIYeah I just caught on that I had a garter stitch edge that I could pick up on without actually finishing the whole cross. So let’s have at it!
There are several different ways to pick up the garter edge.
The first, which I don’t recommend for this, is to slip your first stitches to create a chain edging and then simply pick up in the chain like it is a cast on edge. For the most part, I prefer the more rustic edge on garter stitch. Occasionally, the yarn will demand a more elegant edge but for regular every day work, keep it real! I also find picking up from a slipped stitch edge a little too loosey goosey for my taste.
So, let’s talk about the second way. This is the one that I do most often because it is the most natural way to do it. Your needle will help you along.
First, take your knitting firmly in hand. Pull gently on the edge to separate the ridges a bit and you will see a horizontal bar that naturally emerges. In the photo below, ignore the two end pins. They’re there to hold the knitting stretched out so you can see what I’m talking about. The four pins are there to show you the bars.
The only wonky part about this can be identifying the first stitch and the last stitch. I prefer to use the Kay trick of not binding off the last stitch and keeping it on a stitch holder. It makes it a lot easier to see what you’re doing. If you do this too, make sure you read this whole post because it comes into play later.
You will probably not believe that the first bar is there but it is. Because this is a miter, things have gotten closer and closer as you go to the end and it can be hard to distinguish between the last two ridges. But believe me, you’ve done a lot of things in life that are a lot harder than this! Trust yourself!
In the photo below, I’ve stuck a pin in the first bar that needs to be picked up.
The next thing you need to do is make sure you know what the last stitch looks like. It’s different. It’s the last diagonal stitch on from the cast on row. Here it is marked with a pin.
Here’s what it looks like when you’re done. Can you tell what’s wrong with this picture? Yup, I knew you could. There are 18 picked up stitches (the oatmeal color) plus one extra–the last green stitch that I left live. So you have 19 stitches where every bit of common sense you can muster tells you that you should only have 18. Wait until you see how simple this is. On your next row (WS) when you get to the end of the row, knit those last two stitches together.
Go ahead and play with this and find your own way. If you’re trying to pick up in the wrong spot it will be too tight. Wiggle your needle around between the ridges until it finds it’s way. If your pick up is loose, you may want to knit the first WS row through the back loop.
It’s not that many stitches and you really can’t hurt your knitting playing with the pick up. It’s not like you’re making nupps or bobbles or things that are going to really chafe your yarn.
You can do this!!!