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23: Working the Neck Band of a Sweater (cont.)

When knitting a V neck, as with any shaping area, if you work any increases one or two stitches in from the edges rather than on the edge stitches, you will have a clear line to follow when picking up stitches. The pick-up line at the edge of the neck will then look neater. This becomes important when any edging is worked in a contrast colour. It is also important when there is a collar or any added neck trim [pic 20,21,22].

20: (left) Decreases on edge stitches make a bumpy edge.
21: (right) Decreases two stitches in from the neck edge make a smooth edge.

22: Decreases worked two stitches in from the edge on every second row. The clear line of the edge allows for easy positioning of the pick-up row.

When using the same needle size as used for the body of the garment, measure and count the number of rows along a part of the V edge, and then measure the same length along the edge of the rows at the side of the garment. If the difference is significant you will have to adjust the ratio of the number of stitches picked up on the edge of the rows.

The ratio of three stitches to four rows used on a right angle row edge is not appropriate. It will gather the edge of the neck because there will not be enough stitches picked up to match the increased length of the stitches on the diagonal slope.

If the V has been shaped by being decreased on every fourth or sixth row, the edge of the rows will be gently sloped and only slightly longer than on a right angle row edge. Pick up four stitches for every five rows along the edge of a deep V [pic 23].

23: Shaping worked on every fourth row has not greatly elongated the stitches at the neck edge. Four stitches have been picked up to every five rows.

A low V neck that has been shaped on every second row or every row will have a sharply diagonal edge and the row edge will be much longer than the same number of rows on a right angle edge. Pick up five stitches to every six rows and work the band. If it doesn’t sit flat, undo it and pick up one stitch for every row. That should do it [pic 24]!

24: When the shaping has been worked on every second row and the edge stitches are elongated, pick up five stitches to every six rows. The band will then sit flat.

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