Picking up stitches on a garter stitch edge

I’m currently knitting a baby blanket which requires me to pick and knit the border along all four sides.

I’m not a fan of picking up stitches and it can sometimes look messy and I wasn’t 100% sure of the best way to pick up stitches on a garter stitch edge. Books usually only show you how to do it on stocking stitch pieces. However this video explains it well.

My first side looked great but when I went to pick up the stitches on the second side I found that the stitches on the edge of the blanket were pulling to the right as you can see in the photo below.

It didn’t improve when I knitted that return row. So I undid it and tried with a smaller needle. However the same thing happened.

Then I had a brainwave. Why not try knitting into the back of the stitch when picking up and knitting. And voila! The stitches remained straight as you can see here.

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