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    V-necks can be designed with the neck depth of your choice. Increase at the sides of the neck to shape the neckline curve and then cast-on the remaining stitches (usually, 30-50% of the neck width in stitches) at the bottom of the neck. Very nice and clear instructions!! It’s not just the aesthetics either. I always drop a needle size but this may depend on you, your knitting and the yarn. until you get to the second marker. You can imagine my delight in finding this guidance online. Thank you so much and God keep blessing your job. I’ve been following along with video tutorials/blog posts from Knit Picks “How to knit a Sweater” with Nina, knitting a crew neck Raglan bottom up sweater in the round. —Lisa Shroyer, from Knitting Plus A traditional version with straight sleeves and body is provided, but the construction is also revisited to allow a more feminine fit, featuring waist shaping and fitted sleeves with an underarm gusset. For these you want to use Bias BO to avoid the stair-step effect of a regular BO. (See the original Bias Bind-off tutorial.) I have a few questions that hopefully some of you can help me with! The added length translates to a pouch in the sweater when both the top and bottom edges are held flat. If you worked neck shaping for the back neck. Once you have finished all BO’s for neckline edge, finish the Right Front per your instructions. For the example, I have used Stockinette Stitch so I knit to 1 st before the marker. Patterns can also be moved or taken down. The sleeves are then knit, starting from the cuffs, and worked to the desired length. Now that the neck shaping has been worked, the last set of shoulder short rows can be completed. Remove marker and knit the first st of your BO. I was stuck on the instruction (knit both sides) but I was able to use your tutorial to understand how to proceed and adapt the instructions to my pattern. After the initial BO for the center neck sts, you will finish the Right Front first and will probably have multiple BO’s at the neckline edge. I am a new knitter and experimenting with my first neckline. in which case skip the odd stitch here and there as you go down the slight angle on either side of the neck. Let me know in the comments below and I will either answer them in a reply or cover them on the blog later on. Repeat from * 9 more times. From the Bottom-Up If the front of your sweater has an even number of stitches, shaping a V-neck is as simple as splitting your front piece in half and working decreases to reach your required neck width. From the top-down, you will do the opposite. If the front of your sweater has an even number of stitches, shaping a V-neck is as simple as splitting your front piece in half and working decreases to reach your required neck width. *Dec 1 at the neck edge every fourth row 2 times, then on the second row once. A yoke sweater is a circular sweater that is typically knit from the top-down (but can also be knit from the bottom up) and are often featured with a geometrical pattern around the neck. Going from knitting in the round to flat once you bind off for the neck. When your pattern tells you to BO center sts for a neckline, place markers on either side of the sts to be bound off. A round neck worked from the bottom-up is created by binding off the middle of the neck stitches (typically 30-50% of the neck width) and then shaping either side of the neck to create a smooth curve. Put an ugly neckline on your sweater and it will bring the whole design down - no matter how beautiful the rest of it is. Once you’ve got a good understanding of these necklines, you can have a lot of fun customising them. I often calculate 40-50% of that measurement to get my round neck width. The body is knit in the round from the bottom hem and then set aside. DO NOT bind off your shoulder edges in steps. Play around with adding a turtleneck, cowl or collar to give your neckline a different look. Knit across the left sleeve stitches, and then knit about a third of the stitches from the front, making a note of how many of the front stitches you worked. The Antler Sweater is knit from the bottom up. The neck width of a round neck sweater can be calculated as a percentage of the body’s cross back width (from the tip of one shoulder to the other). If you are leaving your neckline raw, these techniques are a must. One of my pet hates with deep V-necks is that they can slip off the shoulders if the neck width is too wide. So, where do short rows come into play for a bottom-up (or a top-down) sweater knit in the round? Bottom-up seamless sweaters are great for the knitter on the go. Thank you so much! In the example pictured the WS is a purl row; purl every st leaving at least a 6” tail at the neckline edge. Even if you are working in a stitch pattern, you will BO in KNIT, not in pattern. Kf&b into this st. That leaves the Left Front to be finished as follows: WS of Left Front: Join your yarn and work one WS row with no slipping or BO’s. As a rule of thumb, the narrower the neckline, the deeper it must be in order to fit the head. Remove the marker and BO one more st. Any help would be appreciated – as the pictures in the tutorial show a perfect neck line with no enlarged BOs. It is one of the main places that the eye is drawn to since it frames the face. This knitting pattern makes a raglan sleeve jumper and is knit on circular needles from the bottom up. A high round neck (a crew neck) tends to be 7.5-9 cm (3-3.5 in) deep whilst a deep round neck (a scoop neck) will be more like 10-11.5cm (4-4.5 in) deep. Unless you are knitting your neckband at the same time as shaping the neck, remember to add a “selvedge stitch” at the edges of the neckline. Short rows for neck shaping and funnel neck worked from the body. The neck shaping is worked up until about 1-2.5 cm (0.5-1 in) before the top of the neck so that the neckband can curve smoothly over the shoulder to the back neck. Round necklines remove the neck stitches in three distinct areas: A BO section in the center, then two different rates of decrease. In her book, Knitting Pattern Essentials, Sally Melville shares her “Rule of 10”. Necklines have a big influence on how a garment fits. Now pull the extra st (the one you made by knitting through the back of the previous st) OVER this st (in other words, BO using the new, extra stitch). $37. Some designers like to use several sets of bind-offs in a round neck, but I prefer to only use decreases. The bottom of the neck is bound off or cast on, depending on whether you’re knitting from the bottom-up or top-down, and the edges of the neck are shaped with increases or decreases for a few rows to create the desired neck width (same as the width for the front neck) and depth (usually 2.5 cm/1 in). Join our mailing list for updates and exclusive offers. To create a shallower curve at the bottom of the neck, you could work a series of cast-ons rather than using only increases to shape the neck, however I don’t do this myself. Right side: Knit to 5 stitches before Marker C, wrap & turn. Bottom-Up Sweaters are knit starting from the hem and knitting the sweater in … This is where the neckband will be picked up from later. It turns out, that, if you look at your neck from the side, it actually points a little forward, instead of pointing straight up. The Roxanna Cardigan from Stashknits is a seamless bottom up cardi that’s a great choice for new sweater knitters. You will finish the Left Front exactly as the Right Front, working Bias BO on WS. Continue as established for subsequent BO’s. This is particularly important in a V-neck design. Now continue to BO normally (knit, pull over, knit, pull over, etc.) If the neck width and the front depth add up to 25.5 cm (10 in) or more, the neckline will fit over an average woman’s head. WS: slip the first 2 sts purl-wise, pull 2nd st over first. Even if you are picking up stitches to finish the neckline, look how much easier picking up stitches will be around the neckline of the sample to the right. By adding a few short rows into the backside of the sweater and just above the bottom edging you can remedy this issue. On the RS work as established to 1 st before the first marker. what i can’t figure out is how to do the first row of neck increases as well as the raglan increases. Your tutorial is one of the most thorough and useful knitting tutorials I have seen in a long time. Mandelbrot is a bottom-up seamless sweater knitted in the round, featuring a stranded circular yoke and a slightly raised more comfortable neckline on the back, shaped with short rows. In raglans worked from the bottom up, the raglan shaping is achieved with decreases. The ridges where you’ve knit your k2tog’s and ssk’s will from two sets of parallel ridges on the front and back of your sweater, angling toward the neckline. This is the horizontal equivalent to a vertical selvage stitch. http://howtoknitasweater.com http://sweater101.com Understand how to WRAP AND TURN in knitting. Next WS row you would again work to the last st and slip it p-wise, turn. Does this same technique work for a sweater done in garter stitch? You would need to BO 2 more sts normally (knit, pull 2nd st over first, repeat once) to get to a total of 3 sts bound off on the first row, then work remaining sts as established to end of row. Work as established to the end of your row. I haven’t looked at this in a while). The logic is this: if I were making a simple crew neck sweater, the front bind-off would be roughly 1/2 the sts of the back of neck, in this case, 10 sts total for me (I think. If you are… Remove marker and knit the first st of your BO. It’s as easy as that! Join our monthly wholesale newsletter for new product releases and company updates. RS: slip the first 2 sts p-wise, pull the 2nd st over 1st (1 st bound off), then BO one more normally (2 sts bound off), k to end of row. Step 1: Pick up and knit the stitches around the neckline at a ratio of 1:1. I recently made it to the neckline of my fair isle sweater and was at a complete loss. With a V-neck, you need to achieve a specific neck width at the same time as reaching a set neck depth. Once you are finished you can tighten up the tail you left and use it to neaten that change in direction if necessary. Typical depths range between 1” (2.5 cm) above and 2” (5 cm) below armhole shaping. BO additional sts normally (in example, BO 2 more sts; purl 1, pull 2nd st over first, repeat). Do you need to be good at maths to be a knitting pattern designer? Typical depths range from around 3 – 3.5” (7.5 – 9 cm) for a crew neck and anywhere over 5” (12.5 cm) for a scoop. When planning the width/depth of your neckline, figure out the depth of your neck trims and exclude them from your calculations or else the finished neck will look narrower and shallower than you planned. $33 with code. Required fields are marked *. I really enjoy coming back to this post and reading it for my future projects. $14.99 with code. Unless you’re doing something fancy, the back neck tends to be very similar, whether you’re working a round neck or a V-neck. Repeat these two rounds until the sweater is the desired length from the underarm to the neck. St. John's Bay Womens Mock Neck Long Sleeve Sweatshirt. Traditionally, Lopi sweaters are straight up and down through the body, with no waist shaping to nip in just a bit at the smallest part of a body. At SKM Collection, we offer a wide selection of fashion jewelry, clothing, and accessories at affordable prices. Hi Sam, Yes, this will work fine in garter stitch. You can see that the beginning of the BO is nice and neat, no gap where you began the BO. This means you knit the sleeves first (in the round – note that a sleeve makes a pretty good gauge swatch!). Other options include adding a shawl collar or making the bands overlap at the bottom. A classic neckband on a V-neck pullover will be mitered at the bottom of the V. I love this detail - it looks so tailored and elegant! E.g. Top-Down Sweaters are knit starting from the neck and working the sweater down toward the hem, usually in one piece. Please note, comments must be approved before they are published, Your email address will not be published. ... You can top everything from a skirt or dress to a pair of pants or shorts with a button-up sweater. Slip the marker and knit two stitches together and repeat until the end of the round. The order you … Let’s take for example the instructions: “on neck edge BO 3 sts once, 2 sts once, 1 st 3 times,” you would work the first of the initial 3 BO’s using Bias BO: WS: work to last st, slip the last st p-wise, turn. Raglan style decreases are made in such a way as to not disrupt the lace of the sleeve. Now you have one st on your Right needle and the marker is the next thing on your left needle. In practice, this instruction will give you a shallower diagonal at the bottom of the V and a steeper one after that. Finally after 60 years of knitting a tutorial that will make my necklines beautiful. I’m trying to do the shaped neck and with my measurements came up with a 1/1/14/40/14/1/1 situation. In this blog post, I’ll be showing you how to design a well-fitting neckline as well as covering the most popular necklines I see used in knitting patterns today: the round neck and the V-neck. Some designers are adding just a bit of waist shaping—you can find very gentle shaping in Ysolda Teague's Strokkur pattern (shown above), for example. Fruit Of The Loom Full Zip Hoodie Cardigan. I would suggest trying the instructions once more and if that doesn’t work, please email us at knit@cocoknits.com and we’ll be happy to help you figure it out. However I'm absolutely losing my mind trying to figure out doing the raglan yoke decreases and neck shaping at the same time. Believe me, this eliminates any confusion as to how many sts have been BO! And this same technique can be used at the back of the neck, as well. If you are working in a different stitch pattern, work in pattern to that last st, then k1f&b. The way my pattern outlines shaping the neck, I get the step ladder look, and yours is much prettier! "When work measures 17 3/4" bind off the 20 center sts." Sleeves are cast on at the cuff and worked up the the armhole. Round neck, crew neck, scoop neck… they’re essentially all the same thing but with varying neck widths and depths. Bottom-Up Construction. In many of these patterns, the garment is worked in smaller, more manageable pieces. It begins on the first WS row after you have BO the center neck sts: WS: Work as established to 1 st before your neckline. Do you have any questions on designing necklines? But sometimes patterns that were available for free become pay-walled later. Sweater is knit from the bottom up in the round and sleeves and body joined at the underarm. Unfortunately, most are written like the one on the left. Getting bottom up sweaters to fit beautifully. Typically, they don’t tend to be any deeper than the start of the armhole shaping, although they could go a little deeper if you wanted. Slip the last st purl-wise, turn. I just tried this and I am having problems with the enlarged bias BO stitches especially when I have to BO 1 stitch 3 times . Greatly appreciate your attention to detail! Be sure to bind off in the knit stitch on the right side and purl on the wrong side, so you will get the same “horizontal equivalent to a vertical selvage stitch” that Julie mentions here. If you have further BO, they are normal (knit, pull 2nd st over first). Wrap and turn, then purl all the way around the left front, left sleeve, the back, the right sleeve, and then the same number of stitches into the right front as you worked on the left. Stylus Elastic Bottom Womens Crew Neck Long Sleeve Sweatshirt. And trying it on as you go (like you are able to do when you knit top down) can make it much easier to get the fit right. That’s fine if it’s the shape you want to achieve, but if you want the V to be as straight as possible, you can evenly space the decreases so that the shaping is more consistent. A neckline can make or break your sweater design. ... His sweaters tend to ride up a bit in the back, and the extra length from the short rows should eliminate that problem. These two construction methods are Top-Down and Bottom-Up. This is your 1 BO, work sts as established to the end of row. This tip might feel a little obvious, however, I encountered this problem a few too many times as a knitwear design student...! A round neck looks elegant with a simple neck trim, however, there are further options to customise this neckline. You would work these two rows 2 more times so that you have bound off 1 st 3 times. Close. I wanted to tell you “thank you” for such a detailed tutorial and very well made. If it has an odd number of stitches, bind off or work a decrease to remove that central stitch and then start working the decreases. This one looks super cozy, too. When planning your neck depth, consider that the bottom of the V will be filled in by your neckband so your actual neck depth will end up being a fair amount shallower. 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