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.
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!
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?