I have added more videos on my tuts,links,info page!
How to knit: 3 needle cast on with double pointed needles. by: bjfromnv
How to pick up stitches in the middle of your knitting project. by: bjfromnv
Thanks to Susan Dennis for giving me permission to post this great clearly written info page. She probably makes more critters than I do, she really knows her business when it comes to picking up stitches and working in the round. I consider her an expert.
Susan Dennis 9/8/2010
"I just got a question from a Ravelry-er asking how to pick up stitches from the middle (as opposed to the edge). I only knit toys so I’m constantly needing arms, legs, tails, ears and I hate to sew so I’m constantly picking up stitches to make these appendages.
Here’s a photo showing how to pick up horizontal stitches and vertical ones. (This is just to illustrate both ways - if I were actually picking up to knit, the verticals would be adjacent to the horizontals.)
(More detail can be found in the bigger version of the photo.)
You can see horizontal stitches are a bit easier - vertical ones tend to split a little but it’s very doable. I make my animals on size 4’s. I use a size 2 to do the pick ups.
Once you pick up the foundation row, just knit away.
My rules of thumb are that if the arm/leg or whatever should be rounded at the shoulder, I pick up stitches in a square (it rounds itself out).
For ears, it’s generally two parallel rows - OR one row and then garter stitch.
For tails, I generally use 9 stitches and pick them up in a triangle - 3 at the base and 3 diagonally up each side.
I hope this helps someone avoid some sewing!"