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Mini-Knitting Lesson Two

MINI KNITTING LESSON....HOW TO PICK UP THOSE 
ELUSIVE GUSSET STITCHES

This series of photos was taken by Sande's co-worker Pat Brown, of Sande knitting at work shows us how to pick up stitches on the edge of a heel flap
to start the gusset. 

In Sande's own words, "I get this lovely open chain selvage by using a garter st border on my heel flap and slipping the first st on each row with yarn in front.  If you don't K the first and last st of every row the steps to get a chain selvage are a bit different. I think that on stockinet you can just slip the first st on both K and P rows and get the same effect. I have never found picking up in the bumps to be much fun, so now I only do it the easy way.

"My chain edges are much more even than if I were to K the first st of every
K row. I do take a couple of extra seconds as I move the yarn from the front to the back of the stitch (this is what opens the st) to make sure the stitch is lying close to the needle and is not too loose or too tight. A bit of practice will 
perfect this selvage in no time."

Below you will find photos showing how to pick up stitches using the single loop and with both loops on the edge of the heel flap.


Picking Up Gusset Stitches
using a single edge loop.

Picking up only the back loop as you look at your heel flap will give you a lovely decorative line down the edge of the flap next to the gusset, sort of a line between the garter stitch bumps and the smooth stockinette gusset stitches.




Photo one shows the edge of the heel flap and exactly where to insert 
the needle to pick up a stitch. Put the needle through the back loop on the edge of the heel flap only. The right side of your work will be facing you.


WRAPPING THE YARN



In photo two, Sande shows us in which direction to wrap the yarn 
around the needle. That the stitches are being picked up from behind the work
is even more obvious in this photo.


PULLING THE YARN THROUGH



Photo three shows how Sande pulls the needle and the yarn through the single loop, while the needle and the yarn both stay on the back side of the heel flap.


A ROW OF PICKED UP STITCHES

In this photo of all the stitches picked up, plus a couple of rows of 
stockinette stitch, you can easily see the decorative line that divides 
the gusset from the heel flap.


Picking Up Gusset Stitches
 using both edge loops.

If you feel the yarn may be too stretchy and will pull the fabric unattractively at that point, or if you don't want to draw any more attention to the area, you can just as easily pick up your gusset stitchess through both of the edge loops.



Photo one shows the edge of the heel flap and exactly where to insert 
the needle to pick up a stitch. Put the needle through both loops on the edge of the heel flap with the right side of your work facing you.


WRAPPING THE YARN

In photo two, Sande shows us in which direction to wrap the yarn around the needle.


PULLING THE YARN TO THE RIGHT SIDE

Photo three shows us how Sande pulls the needle and the yarn 
through both loops to the right side of the heel flap.


A ROW OF PICKED UP STITCHES

And of course, photo four shows the final product. A neatly picked up row of stitches just ready to be turned into a gusset. Note there is no line between the gusset and the heel flap as there is with the single loop pick up.


  WHERE TO PICK UP THE CORNER STITCHES
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This series of photos (with Sande's explanation) shows how and where to pick up the extra stitch on the left side of the sock to eliminate the hole that often forms in the corner of the gusset.


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And this series of photos shows, and in Sande's words, tells how and where to pick up the extra stitch on the right side of the sock. The right side is more difficult to do smoothly as you are starting to pick up the gusset stitches with the corner stitch.


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