How To Pick Up and Knit Stitches Two Ways

Sock patterns and mitten patterns both call for you to pick up stitches.

Top-down socks have a heel flap which usually has a slipped-stitch edge that you need to pick up into, whereas mitten thumbs have a raw edge.

Here's how to handle both situations.

KNITFreedom - Pick Up And Knit - How To Pick Up And Knit Stitches On 2 Edges
KNITFreedom - Pick Up And Knit - How To Pick Up And Knit Stitches On 2 Edges

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By Liat Gat - Founder
Liat Gat is the founder and video knitting expert at She gets great joy out of supporting and encouraging students through instructive videos and blog posts.

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10 thoughts on “How To Pick Up and Knit Stitches Two Ways”

  1. I would love, love, love to see a tutorial on picking up stitches along a diagonal edge,ie. a buttonband along the a vneck cardigan front. Picking up a straight line of stitches is, well, straight forward, but diagonal lines are less clear cut. Come on, you know you’d be great :-)

    1. Ha ha, thanks for the suggestion! Flattery will get you everything. :)

      But I would encourage you to strike out on your own on this one. Mark the line as best you can using stitch markers, and then go along in a diagonal, picking up as you go. That’s what I’d do!

      I hope this helps!

  2. Virginia Harrison

    Thank you for this video! I wish I could have seen it a LONG time ago! I would not have so dreaded picking up stitches! I’ve watched others and read tutorials, but NOTHING else has made the process so crystal clear as your video! So NOW, what is so hard about picking up stitches??

    Thank you very much, Liat!

  3. Excellent. Clear, concise, professionally done. LOVE IT! Ordered the toe up sock e-video book. Hopefully, I might be successful this time. If the sock videos demonstrate like this, I am very hopeful. Thank you!

    1. Hi Deb!

      Thank you so much for your sweet compliments. :) I’m so glad that you decided to purchase the toe-up sock video e-book! I hope that you are successful with the extra help. :) Don’t forget that you can always go to the KNITFreedom forum on Ravelry if you run into any problems. :)

  4. Someone in a Ravelry group I am in just asked how to do that on a Kal we are doing. I immediately, linked her to your page here. Thanks for the videos

  5. I would have loved to find a video of this quality back when I was first learning this technique. I like that you use really thick yarn and larger needles in your demonstrations. It makes it so much easier to see what you’re doing. When I think of all the tears of frustration I’d have been spared if you and your teaching videos had been available to me when I was first learning to knit! Bravo to you for the job you are doing!

  6. Nicely explained. I will be bookmarking this video for reference. I would also like to link it in a collection of sock knitting techniques on Ravelry if you don’t mind.

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