How to increase evenly along a line of stitches already there
by Catherine Carpenter
(Cambridge, MA, USA)
I have a baby blanket almost completed, but the directions say to "pick up evenly and knit 162 stitches" along each side edge. The entire blanket is knitted, but there are only 111 edge stitches to work with. Therefore I have to increase them by 51 stitches. I know how to pick up the stitches already there, but it's the "evenly" which has stymied me, since I am, to put it mildly, arithmetically challenged, and don't know if I should increase in every other stitch, every third one, or what. Or, which is the problem, how to find out. Note: I always slip the first stitch on each row, so the side stitches already there are large enough to accommodate two increase stitches in each one, although not more than two, I think. The increasing that needs to be done is to make a picot hem along each side to match the picot hems which I have already made on the top and bottom edges of the blanket.