Picking up stitches

I know this has been discussed before, but I can’t seem to find the thread. When picking up stitches along a vertical edge (so the new part will be perpindicular to the existing knitting), what is the normal proportion. In other words, should I skip a stitch every few stitches?

Yes, generally pick up 3 sts for every 4, sometimes 2 for every 3. That’s for stockinette; if you pick up along a garter stitch edge, it should be every other stitch.

Thanks, Suzee. I have tried this formula already (I was sitting here waiting for an answer)…it worked out perfectly. The item lies flat, no bunching or stretching. I did 1,2,3 skip a stitch.