How to Pick up Stitches from a Cable Band
Many of my hats feature a cable knit band. The cable band is usually knit first, and then you pick up stitches around the band, and continue on to the rest of the hat. A few of you have had questions on how this is done.
The cable band is knit first as the pattern directs. If the pattern starts with a cable band, I will use slipped stitches in the pattern. Look close and you will see where the slipped stitches leave small holes. These are the stitches you want to use to pick up your next stitches.
To pick up stitches, find one of these small holes. Use your circular needles and working yarn, yarn on one side, and needle on the other side. Pull the working yarn through the hole, and this is your first stitch. Continue on around the cable band, picking up stitches through the slipped stitch holes. The circular needles are use to knit the top of the hat in the round, keeping it completely seamless.
Once you have all your stitches onto the needle, you’re ready to continue with the top of your hat! Continue the pattern on to completion!
Have you tried a hat with a cable band and picked up stitches? Let me know how you like it below in the comments!