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Old 05-24-2013, 11:57 AM   #31
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This pattern is just making meEverything was going great until I got to the Shape Neck instructions

k26 (shoulder sts), join another hank of yarn and bind off 25 sts (neck line sts), k to end . working both sides at once, work 1 row even, then bind off 4 sts at each neck edge once.

I frogged this twice at 3 in the morning trying to make it look right no matter what I do I end up with this hole on the 4 sts bind off at the first neck edge bind off, the other side looks great though, what am I doing wrong when I knitted the first 26 sts and then join the other ball of yarn I did the neck bind off and knitted the other 26 shoulder sts turned my work and purled 1 row even (all good so far) next row (rs) I had to work the neck edge BO OF 4 sts at each edge.

But below is how it looks . notice the bind off on the left side ,when I turn this piece to work the next row I will have had to of cut that bind off thread but you told me not to cut it plus why am I getting one side nice and the other nasty looking?
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:18 PM   #32
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Yes, there is always that weak gap on the right side unless you do something to prevent it in the first place. Most of the time the gap is covered and reinforced when you add a collar but if there isn't one, then you need to follow this (or a similar) method. Here's a step-by-step on how to do that.
The bind off of 4 sts at the neck edge with the single orphan stitch is due to binding off at the end of the row. Even though the pattern implies bind off on the same row, don't do that. You should bind off at the beginning of the row. The bind offs will be off-set by a row but it honestly won't be noticeable. It's only a small fraction of an inch difference.
Test out the initial bind off on a swatch until you're happy with the technique and all will be well. You've done marvelously well so far and you're almost there.
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this is the first neck bind off edge. Remember the 25 bind off sts were already done by this time and now it doesn't blend in at all like the other neck bo edge does

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Do the bind off of 4sts on that side at the beginning of the WS row. That'll put it a row earlier and help it blend in (see also post 32). You can also use Amy's trick for sloped edges here.
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I'm frogging back , so when I get to (work 1 row even, then bind off 4 sts at each neck edge once.) I should just knit the first 26 shoulder sts not doing the 4sts of BO then bind off the first 4sts on the next shoulder (rs) knit to end , turn purl back and when I get to the shoulder that I didn't do the 4sts of bind off I do them then, on the purl side?
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Yes, that's it. If you still think there's too much of a jog at that neck edge, you could start the bind off of 4sts on that side even earlier, when you're knitting the "work 1 row even". I know you won't have a full row worked but you may be happier about the slope at the neck edge.
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Yes, that's it. If you still think there's too much of a jog at that neck edge, you could start the bind off of 4sts on that side even earlier, when you're knitting the "work 1 row even". I know you won't have a full row worked but you may be happier about the slope at the neck edge.
Thank you so much I'm going to try it now. Why can't they just put this useful information into patterns for us Dummies?
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much better now!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!
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couldn't have done it without all of your help.


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