"Invisible" Pick Up

No, I’m not lurking at the end of a dark alley! (Chance would be a fine thing!)

It’s this:


:teehee: That does look like a good post. She always has good technique help and isn’t afraid to share her mistakes which also helps us. :wink:

I read the technique on picking up stitches…but I don’t understand what this means: “secure the tail of yarn around the running thread at the spot you want to begin pickup up stitches”.

Anyone know?

Hi Anne

Took me a minute to get my head round that one myself.

If there’s a strand of yarn (that you would normally weave in,) next to the place you want to start the pick up - push it through to the front and then take it to the back again - in effect, making a small running stitch on the front.

When the yarn end is at the back again, tie it to the new working yarn before you start picking up the stitches.

Hope that helps.

That helps! thanks very much…I’m going to give it a try! Whenever I pick up stitches it’s such a mess, especially in the sweater neck area.

Hi Anne

Maybe this will help with necklines:


All the Best


How do you think this would work with the log cabin items? I’m wondering if there would be a ridge on the back side or when she says the sts disappear, it eliminates that…

Not to hijack the thread (and thanks for posting this, becaues it’s REALLY helpful!!!), but how do you normally secure the end of the working yarn when picking up stitches? That first stitch for me is always kind of wonky, so I’m guessing I don’t secure that yarn well enough.

What if you’re picking up stitches where there’s no strand of yarn that you’d normally weave in–i.e., you’re picking up stitches in a new place where there are no previously existing yarn ends? (hope I explained that right) What’s a good way to anchor the new working yarn for the picked up stitches?

Hi Cooks and Deb

There’s a couple of things I’ve used to give the yarn a good ‘anchor’ where there’s been no other yarn to attach it to.

First off, put the two pieces of knitting together, [I]right side up[/I] - have a couple of straight pins handy and just pin the beginning of the edges together.

Turn the knitting over to the wrong side and unravel 2 - 3 ins. of yarn from the ball. Thread the end through a tapestry or large-eye needle and weave the end of the yarn onto a nearby stitch.

Alternatively, do the same as before, but instead of using a darning needle, wrap the yarn around a small, coil-less safety pin and anchor it to a stitch at the back.

The main thing is to have the yarn firmly secured but you also need to allow enough ‘wiggle’ room to allow you to stretch the picked up stitches a little, if you have to - plus enough yarn to weave in when making up the garment.

Hi Deb

Log cabin - if you were making the cabin out of wood or another material, would you want the front, sides and back corners to meet flush or would you want the front and back to stand out a little wide of the sides?

I must say I wish that Nona had used a lighter colour than black, so you could see more clearly how the stitches ‘disappear’.

If you could give me some idea of how you’ll knit the edges of the cabin ‘walls’ please, I’ll get back to you. There are different ways of joining that give different effects.


This is Log cabin style knitting - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=94489.0

You don’t actually make it look like a cabin… :??

That’s two in one day! Hell’s Teeth! :chair::rofl::rofl::chair:

First of all, there’s something weird called a Dickey and now a Log Cabin isn’t a cabin at all - but a style of knitting!!! ???

Thanks Suseeq for the hint - I was wracking my brain (what’s left of it) wondering if Deb would be better with a purl pick-up to get round the corners!!:rofl::rofl::rofl:

I’m off to get some dinner - these ‘two countries divided by a common whatsits’ is too much for human frame at times.:zombie::eyes::oo:

The things you come across on this site … :passedout:

The Log Cabin knitting link that you posted is a knitted version of log cabin quilting. It is a method that involves a center square which is usually red (though not in this case) which represents the hearth of the home, then varying lengths of strips are pieced onto each other from that center square outward. Here is a good link to quilted log cabin quilts. I imagine the process is probably the same for knitting, too, but instead of cutting strips, you would just need to know how wide and long to knit each piece, and then you’d seam it on in its appropriate sequence. Is this what log cabin quilting is, too?

:roflhard::roflhard::roflhard:Poor Limey! You had me laughing so hard when I read your post!!!

I can’t say where the name “Dickey” comes from for that little pseudo sweater you wear under a jacket or shirt to help keep your neck and upper chest warm, but I believe “log cabin” with regards to the quilts comes from the fact that they were used by early American pioneers that lived in log cabins (and I [I][U]think[/U][/I] those little rectangles of fabric represent “logs”, too). Many quiltmakers made their quilts out of sheer frugality from bits of odds and ends fabric, especially those settlers as there weren’t very many places to purchase new fabrics, especially in the dead of those harsh winters (as a quilter myself, I think it funny that nowadays we intentionally cut up perfectly fine whole fabric fabric in order to make one of those pieced quilts! :rofl:)

In knitting LC blankets, you start with the center square/rectangle, pick up stitches along one side and knit for a few inches, then pick up stitches along the left side (looking at it from the RS) and then the bottom of the original square, and knit that for a few inches. Then… Oh heck, here’s how you do it, and you don’t seam the pieces… http://www.masondixonknitting.com/archives/2004_02.html#000290
And here’s a good picture of a finished one. http://www.flickr.com/photos/cutoutwitch/350856099/

Thanks for sharing that link. Nona is so funny. I had seen that done before and done it but had forgotten about the picking up left to right at the beginning (not completely, but bad enough :-)). I have tried just using real small needles and picking up the regular way and that turns out real well too. I’m not sure if there is a decided advantage to starting left to right. So if someone is a little daunted by the L to R, just try the real small needles and that is an advantage over the normal way.

I don’t understand all the stuff that Nona said about attaching either. I never do anything but just start right in pulling up the stitches, and that works for me. It loosens up a little but you just pull on the tail and it goes back into place and when you finish you work the tail in and no problem.

I’ve come over all peculiar, think I’m having a ‘turn’ - Log Cabins that aren’t, Dickeys for chest & neck warmers and now knitting what looks like Hampton Court Maze on a pillow!

Yours with the mind still boggling.:noway::help::shock:

thanks Limey! That’s a great article.