I've had to take a bit of a break from knitting (just no time for it, sadly!) and am finally deciding to start a new project. I've been wanting to make the Epaulet Jacket in Elizabeth Zimmermann's book Knitting Workshop (p. 165 & 170), and I have a couple questions (and am hoping some of you have actually made this sweater before!).
I'm having trouble understanding Zimmermann's use of "knit up" as opposed to "pick up" in this pattern, as well as in other instruction sets throughout her book. In the glossary, she or the editors indicate that many knitters confuse the two terms, but I'm having trouble visualizing the difference between the two. For "knit up," she explains, "along a selvedge or other edge, fish through a series of loops onto the right-hand needle where they will form stitches;" for "pick up," she explains, "along a selvedge or other edge, pick up stitches by putting the right-hand needle through them" (p. 174, 175).
Does anyone foresee disaster if I try to knit the Epaulet Jacket using 100% cotton yarn at a gauge of 4 x 4 per square inch (besides the fact that I'll have to make adjustments to the stitch counts)? The instructions in Knitting Workshop (p. 165) call for a gauge of "5 sts to 1 inch" using Canadian Regal wool or two-ply sheeps' wool.
I appreciate any suggestions, cautions, or encouragement!