Deciphering "Pick up 3 sts for every 4 Rows"

Hello all you knitters out there!

Is there anyone who can explain this to me? “Pick up 3 sts for every 4 Rows”.

I understand how to pick up stitches on an edge but I’m confused as to whether I skip stitches in between the pickup of 3.
I have done so and I still have a ruffle happening.

Any suggestions???
Thanks in Advance!

If you pick up a stitch in every end of row stitch, you get too many; if you pick up in every other one, you won’t have enough. The stitch to row gauge is about 3:4 so if you pick up in 3 sts, skip one, pick up the next 3, skip 1, it should be just about right.

Sue is right about the ratio for picking up stitches–usually. Sometimes you have to experiment a little.

But I wanted to add that if you are still getting a ruffling maybe using a needle one or two sizes smaller for the pickup may be a good idea. It depends on the place you are picking up though if you want to do that or not.

Yeah, the keywords in my explanation are “should be” just about right. Depending on your gauge, picking up 2 for every 3 or 4 for every 5 may work out better. You may have to try it one way and if that’s not right, try another. Ripping out is part of picking up stitches - you don’t know what’s going to work until you do it.

Thanks everyone. I’ll give all those tips a try!