Online Class

Picking Up Stitches: Necklines, Hems & More

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Cleanly and confidently pick up stitches along any edge, straight or curved. Learn the skills you need to add edgings, hems, necklines and more.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a supply list and practice swatch patterns
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Chris Bylsma
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Pick up and knit stitches without anxiety! Join popular instructor and designer Chris Bylsma as she teaches you the many ways you can use this versatile technique to add greater style and functionality to your projects. During class, you'll learn to work horizontally or vertically along a straight edge, pick up for new stitches along a curved edge and handle both types of edges at once. Along the way, you'll discover how to easily expand upon and add necklines, shirttail edges and hems. Plus, Chris will teach you how to create a variety of primary and applied edgings, add structure to your projects "behind the scenes" and more.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Getting Started Picking Up Stitches
In your first lesson, Chris walks through many benefits of picking up stitches with care. You'll learn the differences between edgings and facings and get some practice by making the swatches used for other lessons.
2. Picking Up Straight Edges
3. Picking Up Around a Neckline
4. Picking Up Combination Edges
5. Custom Applied Edgings
6. Polished Primary Edgings
7. Structure Behind the Scenes

Taught by

Chris Bylsma
Chris Bylsma
Chris retired from a career in marketing communications and advertising to pursue her artistic passions, knitting and textureplay, and enjoy a little gardening with her husband, Charlie. Instead, she is having a wonderful time teaching workshops from coast to coast and beyond for TNNA, shops, guilds, cruises and conferences and has her own line of knitting patterns. She also has designed knit garments for the American Girl clothing line and has been featured in Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, Creative Knitting and Knit n' Style. In her teaching role, Chris' reward is when knitters discover and trust their own creativity. She encourages knitters to "color outside the lines," where it's more fun! Chris firmly believes that knitting is not construction. Knitters should explore and make mistakes, feel free to change their minds and most of all, enjoy what they are doing.

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