|24: Front Bands &
Necks on Cardigans & Jackets
After the stitches have been picked up, the
required number of rows is knitted, working mitred corners if you
are knitting a round neck, and placing buttonholes (see
you go. Cast off evenly and with an even tension that will allow a
certain amount of stretch without being too loose. If the band has
been knitted in rib, cast off in rib.
To work half of a mitred corner, increase one stitch at the neck end
of every row in the band, keeping any pattern sequence correct. To
make a neat corner, increase on the first stitch at the beginning of
any row and on the second last stitch at the end of any row. The
other half of the mitre is worked on the neck band. After joining
the shoulder seams, pick up stitches as for a round neck sweater
(see here) and complete the neck band, increasing one stitch at
each end of every row [pic 12].
Increase one stitch at the neck edge of every row on front and neck
bands to form a mitre.
Join the corner seam carefully, with right
side facing, matching rows [pic 13].
13: The mitred corner neatly joined.
If you donít want a mitred corner on your
garment, there is another method you can use. Work the neck first,
from the front corner on one side to the front corner on the other
side, and without any increases at each end [pic 14].
14: Instead of a mitred corner, work the neck band without
any increases at each end.
Then work the front edges starting with the
right hand side. Pick up stitches according to needle size, with
right side facing, from the hem to the top of the neck band, and
then work without increasing at the neck. Repeat on the other side
15: Pick up stitches from the hem to the top of the neck
band along the front. Work the required number of rows without any
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