View Full Version : picking up and knitting collars

01-04-2013, 10:59 PM
I like to knit sweaters top-down in the round, and I'm trying to figure out if there's a reason that the collar instructions always involve picking up and knitting from the cast on edge. It makes sense on a crewneck that is knit flat for awhile to shape it before joining in the round, but on a boatneck or round opening where the sweater is knit in the round right from cast-on, is there any reason not just to begin with the collar (ribbing or garter or some such), then start the shaping increases once the collar is the desired width?

Jan in CA
01-04-2013, 11:45 PM
I wouldn't swear to it, but I think it has to do with the way it lays. If you do a turning row it might help it to lay the way you want. I think a swatch might be a god idea. Do a bit both ways.