Picking up cast on stitches?

Hello! I’m trying my hand at a more difficult pattern than I would usually attempt. After all, that’s how you get better, right? But I’m only barely started and already stumped. Here is what I’m making…

http://www.thedietdiary.com/knittingfiend/Hats/HKNewsBoy.html

I’m on instruction 2b where it says “Pick up the cast on hat stitches another circular needle by pushing the needle tip into the loops of the cast on row.” I guess I’m just having a hard time picturing how to do it exactly, where to stick my needle in and where it should come back out. I’m a visual learner so I tried finding a video on it but I don’t even know what you would CALL it. LOL. So can anyone help me?

Basically, you’re picking up the stitches from your provisional cast on. That’s the initial row that you knit with the cotton scrap yarn. This is done so that you can seemlessly pick up sts and knit in the opposite direction. You can insert the needle the way Amy demonstrated in this video for inserting the needle into a destination row. (Of course, you’re not going to ripping back your knitting just re-inserting the needle the way she does.) Once you have the needle inserted, you can cut and pick out the [I]scrap[/I] yarn and you’ll have live sts on the re-inserted needle. This is going to be easier to do if you use a smaller size needle for re-inserting.
Cute cap!

Thank you! That’s good news because I actually know how to DO that! I just wasn’t sure since I’ll be ripping from the bottom instead of the top. So I insert INTO the cotton round and not the first round with my project yarn?

No, you have to take the cotton yarn out if that’s what you used for the provisional CO. It may help if use use a thinner needle to insert into each stitch as you take the cotton out of them, go stitch by stitch until all of the sts are on the needle. That’s what is meant by ‘picking up’ not the same thing as when you pick up from an edge.

I found a video, I think if you actually see someone do it it might help.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1ock1k8zWk&feature=related

The first time I picked up stitches it was terrifying, I thought for sure my whole project would fall apart. It didn’t, yours won’t, you’ll get the hand of it. I actually saw how to do it in a mittens video, setting up for an afterthought thumb.

YES!! Exactly what I’m afraid of. LOL!!

Ah, once you do it it’ll be easy peasy. I picked up the stitches and left the waste yarn in place while I started knitting again, making it more difficult. You can try it on a smaller swatch or something first. I think the thumb of a mitten was less intimidating because it was only a dozen or stitches involved.

Stitches don’t drop as easily as people think. Just go slow and don’t stretch out the edge and they’ll stay where they should be.

Also, since you’re actually picking up the loops between sts when you pick up in this direction (at the first working yarn row), loose sts is really not a problem. Those sts aren’t going to ladder away from you. You could try it on a swatch to see how it works if you want.

I DID IT!! It really was no sweat once I sat down and did it. Woo!! Thanks EVERYONE for the help!! I’m pluggin’ along on the hat, now hoping to get it and another done by Halloween. My twin boys are going to be Mario and Luigi and these will be the icing on the cake. Thanks again!!

Wonderful! Thanks for letting us know how it goes. Don’t you love it when you finally get something frightening out of the way and now it’s no big deal?

Oh how cute! My adult daughter and her boyfriend were Mario and Princess Peach last year for a Halloween party. :thumbsup:

Oh, please, post a picture when the hat (or icing) is ready! We’d love to see an “out-the-door” shot, too.

Okay, I’m down to the bill on the first hat. I’m pretty scared to attempt it because all of the reviews on Ravelry say they had trouble with the pattern on that part and had to wing it. I AM NOT A WINGER!

How cute and sweet! The hat’s nice, too. You’ve made it this far, you’ll get it done and do it well!

How adodrable! If the brim gives you trouble, come back and maybe we can put our heads together and help. Love the pictures.

I think I’m getting the idea. Seems like she made a typo because it says to purl on the knit side and vice versa where the photo doesn’t look like that’s what she did. I just switched them around, though…easy enough. Here’s where I get confused. After doing the short rows for the bill, it directs you as follows:

[COLOR=“DarkOliveGreen”]"Continue in the pattern established, wrapping and turning stitches earlier each row until you find yourself knitting fewer than 26 stitches in a row.

[B]Purl to the end of the row, but before purling the final stitch, pick up the next purl bump from the hem, and purl with the final stitch. (This smoothes the transition from the brim to the hat.)[/B]

Turn work. (You are now working reverse stockinette. This will curl to the underside of the hat and look like a corded edge after you felt the hat.) Purl to end of the row, once again picking up a purl bump and knitting it with the final stitch. Knit a row, pick up a purl bump and knit it with the stitch. Bind off in purl."[/COLOR]

So, by reading the bold part I can’t understand…does it matter if I end on a knit row or purl row?

She mentions reverse stockinette which is purl the RS and knit the WS, so that might be where you’re thinking she made a mistake. It wouldn’t be; I think you do the purls on the outside, but when you fold the brim over and secure it, that makes a hem and will put the knits on the outside.

Yup, now I’m confused. LOL! You fold it over?!?!

I think that’s what this part means -
[COLOR=DarkOliveGreen][B]Purl to the end of the row, but before purling the final stitch, pick up the next purl bump from the hem, and purl with the final stitch. (This smoothes the transition from the brim to the hat.)

[/B][COLOR=Black]And later -[/COLOR][/COLOR][COLOR=DarkOliveGreen] Purl to end of the row, once again picking up a purl bump and knitting it with the final stitch. Knit a row, pick up a purl bump and knit it with the stitch. Bind off in purl."[/COLOR]

[COLOR=DarkOliveGreen][COLOR=Black]That sounds to me like you’re going to do a p2tog using a stitch from the brim and where you switched to purl on the RS. That will have the effect of rolling the brim and joining the edge where it started.[/COLOR]
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