Picking up on WS stockinette?

I’ve been working on a little dog sweater/dress (Pattern is at AutumnBlossomKnits on Wordpress. It’s the ruffled chihuahua sweater dress.) and was so proud of myself for working armholes for the first time, but now I’m stuck.

I’m supposed to be adding a contrasting ruffle to the neck and hem, but I can’t figure out where I should be sticking my needle to pick up the stitches. All the searches and pictures I’ve found have been for picking up a cast-on edge or the side–nothing actually in the middle of the fabric.


If you have the WS facing you, you’d insert the needle purlwise - from back to front - wrap the yarn and pull the st to the back side. But I don’t see why you couldn’t pick up normally - insert the needle into the edge knitwise - front to back - wrap and pull the st toward you. It’s the same picking up on a row as on an edge I think. If you’re on the WS, you have the purl bumps to pick up in.

So then I guess I’m still looking for that sort of inverted V shape and picking that up before I pull up a new loop onto my needle?

You don’t have to make it a 2 step operation; ‘pick up’ can be done by inserting the R needle into a stitch, and ‘knitting’ is wrapping the yarn around the needle and pulling it through.

If you’re going to do this on the inside of the piece, then pick up/insert into the purl bump.