Picking up stitches is a technique used to add on new pieces of knit fabric to a project without a seam (and fantastic technique for those of us who prefer seamless knits). There are lots of applications for picking up stitches, from sweater cuffs to mitered blankets!
There are almost as many techniques used to pick up stitches as there are applications of those techniques; in this blog post will focus on (what I consider to be) the most visually attractive and functional way to pick up stitches. This is slightly different from “pick up and knit.” Once you master this technique you will likely find that, even if you experiment with other techniques, you usually revert back to this tried and true method. The method of picking up stitches by adding on a new ball of yarn can be done with stockinette and garter knit fabric. It can also be used to pick up stitches vertically or horizontally without much variation.