I just looked at the “Picking up stitches” video and found it very helpful. It suggested that you pick up 3 for every 4 stitches in stockinette. I am knitting a shawl that has 225 rows at the neckline. The directions say to pickup and knit 125 stitches for the first row of the neckline, knit the next row (WS) and then decrease down to 115 stitches. I assume the decrease in this last row is to curve the edge slightly so it lays nicely on the shoulders. But I am worried about the initial pickup row: only 125 stitches? Won’t it be really curved? The pattern in lovely (from Vogue’s Shawls book).