Picking up stitches for buttonbands

Hello, I’m making a toddler cardigan and at the end of the pattern it just says this:

I don’t understand how many stitches to pick up. I know how to pick them up and how to knit the band, but I don’t know if I’m supposed to pick up every stitch or every other stitch or what. Does anyone know or can anyone see from the picture how many I’m supposed to pick up?

Certainly is a bit vague on the number of sts! The usual ratio is to pick up 3sts for every 4 rows of stockinette (for garter sts, 2sts for every 3 rows). At least that’s a place to start.

I don’t think I understand what you mean. Are you saying that I should pick up 3 out of every four stitches around the edges? And it won’t look strange that I’ve skipped every fourth stitch?

It would be 3sts fro every 4 rows, yes. You won’t be able to tell that rows was skipped here. If you pick up in every row, the band may ripple instead of lying flat. Fewer sts may cause the band to pull and pucker.
Give it a try and see what it looks like or try it out on a swatch.

I find this method of picking up the stitches to work great.

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