Can you help me? I found this book called “Mason-Dixon Knitting” and on page 68 the author describes “How to Log Cabin” (how to knit a blanket that looks like a log cabin quilt).
I’ve never picked up stitches before, but it doesn’t look all that hard, so I thought I’d try this. The directions say to cast on 20 stitches and knit 24 garter ridges. Then bind off , leaving 1 stitch on the needle. Then, you are supposed to turn the rectangle clockwise so the single stitch is in the upper right-hand corner. You are then supposed to pick up 1 stitch in each garter ridge with a new color, ending up with 24 stitches.
My problem is that I’m not understanding OR doing this right. I had 1 stitch left over from the original bind off. Then I’m supposed to pick up 24 additional stitches?!? That will give me 25 stitches, right??? If I’m supposed to use a new color each time I pick up new stitches, what do I do with the original yarns?? Do I cut them off but leave a few inches to tie off later?
I did a practice of this and I did end up with 25 stitches and the original color of yarn hanging down. What am I not “getting” here???
Any help here would be GREATLY appreciated!!! Has anyone done this before and had it come out alright? This looks like a GREAT way to use up left-over yarn—if only I could get this right!!! I don’t want to end up with an extra stitch each time I go to add a new strip!!!