|23: Working the Neck
Band of a Sweater
neckline of a
sweater is a focal point because it is near the face. A badly
worked neck band or neck edge spoils the whole garment.
The way the edges of the neck have been worked (see
here) is an
important part of the how the neckline will eventually look. If the
shaping has been worked using the edge stitches, the shaping will be
bumpy, making it hard to judge where to pick up the stitches for a
neckband [pic 1].
1: The pick up row will look crooked,
because the stitches may be crammed into the wrong places, and
missed stitches can show up as holes.
Poking stitches into the edge of a neck,
wherever they can be fitted, makes it hard to get a good result. The
pick-up row might show holes, or stitches may be crammed in to the
wrong places. This will make the band wavy [pic 2,3].
2: (left) An ugly edge because there is no obvious place
to pick up consecutive stitches.
3: (right) Holes show clearly at the pick-up edge.
Shaping that has been worked one or two
stitches in from an edge will have a clear line to follow when
picking up stitches for the neck band, or when adding a collar or
any neck trim [pic 4,5].
4: When all shapings have been
knitted two stitches in from an edge, itís very easy to see where
consecutive pick up stitches can be placed.
5: The pick up row of this
neckband has no holes, no jagged lines, just a neat edge.
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