Options KAL Video Installment 4 – Necklines

Hello, lovely knitters! I hope you all had wonderful weekends and are headed into the holiday season happy, healthy, and with a good handle on any gift knitting. (Full disclosure on that score: I haven’t been able to manage gift knitting for ages. I am amazed by those of you who do!)

Video Installment 4 for the Rowan Options KAL is live, and while I’m a bit behind my fellow KALers (*cough*deadlineknitting*cough*), I’m at a pretty good spot for the current KAL topic – Necklines!


(I’m making a V-neck version of the pullover, working the texture pattern all over.)

The Options KAL sweater samples were worked with V and crew-neck shapes: A crew-neck pullover, and a V-neck cardigan.

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There are a few different reasons you might need to re-calculate the neck shaping from the pattern as written, though! The most likely scenario is when you’ve added extra width to the front of the sweater to accommodate a larger bust.

Adjusting Neck Shaping.

Adjusting the neck shaping is a fairly straightforward thing to do. First, calculate the number of stitches you need to remove in the neckline:

Neck stitches = Bust stitches – (armhole stitches + shoulder stitches)

Then, calculate shaping appropriate to the type of neck you want:

  • V necklines remove all stitches evenly along the edge.
  • Crew necklines remove about half of the neck stitches in bind-offs, then split remaining decreases evenly between every-row decreases and every RS row decreases.

I’ve made a handy worksheet for you to use when calculating your own neck shaping for the Options KAL sweaters – click here to download it!

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It specifies exactly the calculations you need to do to calculate V-neckline or crew neckline shaping, and includes the numbers you need to make a V-neck pullover or crew-neck cardigan from the traditionally-written Options KAL pattern. (And if you haven’t joined us for the KAL so far, it’s not too late! Everything you need is right here on Rowan’s page for the KAL.)

In other news…

We’re busy behind the scenes here putting the finishing touches on some new CustomFit functionality we can’t wait to share with you.


Everything is more adorable in miniature, don’t you think?

2 thoughts on “Options KAL Video Installment 4 – Necklines

  1. Knitting the Options KAL will have to wait until the new year, but videos have great information for any project. Is the sweater you are wearing in KAL video 4 one of your designs?

  2. Hello Amy,

    I just found you miraculously and I have watched most of your videos online. You have a great speaking voice and you explain everything so clearly. I’m your newest fan.

    I knit and crochet tight so I unusally need to increase needle/hook size to “almost” get me there. Or I’ll make a man’s sweater because I’m tall and 30lbs overweight. I’ve only knitted a few baby sweaters, a man’s sweater and some hats.

    I want to knit a sweater for myself. I purchased some beautiful fingering yarn at a Stitches show in Atlanta GA. Now I can’t find a sweater pattern I like that is made with fingering yarn. Even if I did find one, it probably wouldn’t fit.

    I’ve been thinking wouldn’t it be lovely to find a pattern that I can adjust the design or stitch design so I can use the same pattern but have different outcomes. Then I came across your recent Rowan knit along project. You mentioned your custome fit product…I think that is what I’ve been looking for and didn’t know how to find it.

    Can you lead me in the right direction to purchasing your a Custom Fit?

    Regards, Linda
    Ps. Are you from southern Ohio below Columbus. I recognize your surname from my genealogy research. My maiden name is Fetherolf.

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