Picking up stitches on thin fluffy wool

Hi I am pretty new to knitting and found an easy sirdar baby jumper pattern. I have used the snuggly wool. I have to pick up stitches to make a border around the v neck cardy . The wool is do things and fluffy I can’t see where to pick the stitches up . Please can somebody help

Hi and welcome! By fluffy do you mean faux fur yarn? You’re basically going to need to feel for the stitches. If you’re a little bit off, it shouldn’t be noticeable given the nature of the yarn. Good luck!

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Also I would wash and block the pieces to be absolutely sure of the final gauge. Picking up stitches on the ends of rows is not a 1 to 1 ratio. Sometimes (usually) there are some skipped stitches b/c you knit more rows than stitches in order to achieve the same dimension in centimeters or inches. If you have a super accurate swatch (and it does not get any more accurate than a completed piece), that can be accurately calculated.

And believe me, as someone who knits almost exclusively in rabbit angora or angora mix, frogging is much more difficult in fluffy yarn.

It is called sirdar snowflake chunky . Knits fluffy but you can’t see where to pick up. The pattern gives how many to pick up , but certainly think it’s easy !

Thank you I think I’m going to need it :joy:

I think you’ll do fine! You’re certainly braver than me taking on that type of yarn! Since it’s bulky and knit on large needles, you should be able to feel the stitches, it will just be time-consuming. And like I said, if you can’t see the stitches to pick them up, it’s highly doubtful anyone’s going to be able to see if you pick up in between 2 stitches and/or miss a stitch here or there. Do you know how many total stitches were in the opening? If so, you might want to measure the width of the opening and divide by the number you’re supposed to pick up and then just check that you’re averaging that many pickups per inch.

I wouldn’t of either . Ordered on -line due to COVID, was quite surprised when it came . Beautiful and soft , but never again !!

As well as the suggestions you’ve already had about picking up the right number per inch etc I wanted to add something that helped me just with general picking up. It was a video I saw where they picked up in every hole/stitch in the first run around and afterwards counted to check how many and decide if and where any might need to be decreased or increased. When I followed this advice I think I had just one or two pick ups to knit together on my second row. It means you don’t have to worry quite so much about getting exactly the right number and a perfect spacing in the pick up row.

Good luck


Thats a good idea. And it would prevent holes from skipping a stitch due to gauge.

What a disaster, I’ve put it to one side for the time being . Thank you for all your help. Once I had picked up and done the border which was pretty good I might say ! However when setting it out to piece together the front was approximately 3cm high than the back :woman_shrugging:
I’ve put it away as it’s in danger of going in the bin !!!

Oh no!

You are probably ready for a break from it.
But don’t lose hope.
A sweater I knitted i did a row count throughout the back where it said to work to a certain measurement. This meant when I did the front i knew exactly how many rows to do and did it exactly that number of rows. When I cast off and lay the 2 pieces together for seaming one of them looked several inches different! I couldn’t believe it, I couldn’t understand how wrong it could be.
However, instead of just matching top, bottom, middle for seaming i decided to match up row by row, tacked in place and would you believe it, the length all sorted itself out!
I had so many problems with the jumper and it is now my sons fav ju,per and j am so happy withnit.

So don’t give up, the pieces can be right and still look very wrong. Have a break and then take a deep breath x

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Praise the Lord for sorting it out for you.
Most of my mistakes are fixable. But there is sometimes that one project that goes off the rails no matter what you do. I cant blame the designer either because I almost never use a pattern exactly as written.