|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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