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northernlights 07-01-2008 11:40 AM

Sweater neck question
I so much appreciate all the help you experienced knitters provide. I've read through the threads of neck shaping, but still feel insecure about how I've done mine. (It's my first pullover sweater). Here's where I'm at. I've divided the neck stitches on this raglan type sweater so that I have the center 12 stitches on a holder and 10 stitches on each sweater side. Now here are the instructions:[b] Working both sides at once continue to dec 1 st at each raglan edge every K row twice more and at the same time bind off each neck edge 3 st twice and 2 st once.[b]
Maybe I did it right, but I'm not sure. I'm knitting each side with a different strand of thread and decreasing at the edges. My question is about the bind offs. Do I bind off at the beginning of each of the 2 sides? Then the bind offs on one side are on the shoulder edge and the bind offs on the other side are on edge closest to the middle of the sweater. Seems uneven. But I don't know how to bind off except at the beginning of a row. I've read multiple posts and checked a couple of knitting books, but I'm still not sure. Thanks in advance!

suzeeq 07-01-2008 12:17 PM

You always BO at the beginning of the row. So some of yours will be on the WS, not always the RS.

MerigoldinWA 07-01-2008 01:08 PM

You will keep doing the raglan shapings just the way you were doing them, but you will BO all the neck part on the two sides of the 12 stitches you placed on the holder for the center. Kind of like this \__/. The ___ is the ones on the holder and you will BO on both sides of that. On one side the BO's will be on the knit side and on the other they will be on the purl side. They will be at the beginning of the row on the neck side.

northernlights 07-01-2008 02:33 PM

Now that makes sense to me. I had been doing all decreases on the right side and didn't think to do the binding off on the wrong side. I'm sure to people that have made sweaters before that this is common, but I just wasn't sure how to do it. Thank you!

suzeeq 07-01-2008 09:30 PM

If you start with the basic rule of `you only BO at the beginning of a row', even when patterns say to BO on both edges, then you'll be able to figure it out.

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