Picking up stitches from holder

Hi all! :slight_smile: New knitter here working on my first project. I’m working on this pair of mittens: https://justadaydreamarts.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/fable-mitts-free-knitting-pattern/

The pattern says to place 13 stitches on a stitch holder, then:
‘ work st st for another 4 cm ending in a ws row.
work 3 rows in 1 x 1 rib.
bind off in pattern.

place st from holder on needle & work 2 rows in 1 x 1 rib.
bind off in pattern.’

Once you’ve cut the yarn from the first bind off, how do you start knitting the stitches on the holder?

Thank you! :slight_smile:

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You can either put your needle into the first loop of the held stitches, then wrap the new working end of yarn round it (providing the stitches will be facing in the right direction) and start knitting them, or slip them one by one, purlwise, onto another needle first.
Your pattern suggests moving them onto a needle first, though.


If you Google “rejoin yarn knitting” there are lots of tutorials and a few slightly different methods, here is one

In this video they have a tail from the previous colour which she ties in a bow with the new colour after joining the yarn, you don’t need to do this part at all, the rest is the same… just literally leave a tail and start knitting! After a few stitches give the tail a little pull to snug up the loose stitch. When you come back on the next row you might want to give another little tug to snug it up again.
That tail is woven in later to make it neat and secure.

There is a method where you can weave in that tail end whilst you knit those first few stitches but it’s just slightly more to think about. If you fancy that idea look for “weave in ends as you knit” for tutorials.

Hope this helps. If you haven’t done this before it can feel wrong and like its all going to fall apart, but it does work.


Thank you very much! :smiley:

Amazing, thank you very much!! I’ll go with the method in the video :slightly_smiling_face:

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