|23: Working the Neck
Band of a Sweater (cont.)
Neck bands are as varied as grains of sand,
but here are few more points to consider when finishing a neck:-
The neck of a sweater worked in rib, should be cast off in rib. This
will keep the edge flexible.
Before joining the neck, make sure that it
will fit over the head. This is very important in children’s
knitwear as the necks are often rather small. If the neck is too
tight, undo the cast-off row and reknit. Using a larger size needle
to cast off can be a help. You cast off more loosely, but using a
larger needle makes this row more even.
With a stitched-on round neck, make sure
that the stitching has enough stretch to allow the neckband to fit
over the head without removing ears!
If a garment has been knitted sideways,
follow the same method of picking up stitches according to the
stitch ratios around any other neck. Stitch for stitch along
horizontal rows. Three stitches to four rows on right angle edges.
Adjust the stitch to row ratio according to the angle of the slope
and the length of the stitches along the edge of shaping rows.
A collar, a high neck, a polo neck, a turtle
neck, whatever, is just an extension of a neckband, and can be
worked with a set of double pointed needles, or knitted with short
needles in the usual way after one shoulder seam has been joined.
If the garment has a high neck that starts
on a wide shape, the neck will fall forward and show where the
stitches have been picked up around the neck edge. Pick up the
stitches on the wrong side around the neck, and then if the neck
falls forward at the front, the pick-up row won’t show.
When the neck is to turn down in a double
layer, remember to join the seam so that it doesn’t show on the
right side of the garment when being worn.
After working one third of the number of
rows required when knitting a high neck, add some extra stitches by
increasing evenly across the row. This will make the neck look more
generous in shape when finished. The increases won’t show because
they will be under the fold.
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