Quick questions (oh, pls., knitting peeps, I hope you know the answer):
I'm about to start the shawl collar of my sweater. It calls for picking up stitches from the top of the rib band (26 stitches). Keep in mind that the rib band is P1 TBL (through the back loop) / K1 TBL (through the back loop).
The problem is that I can't seem to pick up those stitches (and I've tried 8 times and have all but stretched the band to shit) in such a way that the knit stitches align. Everything is just slightly off, leading to a very crappy looking join that will be noticeable in the finished product.
I am aware that picking up stitches sometimes requires going through tiny stitches at the cast on edge. I've paid very careful attention to those. When that didn't pan out (cuz there don't seem to be any tiny stitches - given the through-the-back-loop element of the construction), I went for the big stitches. That didn't work either. I've begun the pick ups in different spots to ensure that I'm catching the first stitch in the right spot. I really don't know what's left to be done.
Can anyone tell me how to manage this?? If I don't get perfect alignment I suspect it's going to look horrible.