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Old 08-07-2013, 10:45 AM   #1
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Help with ideas for finishing neckline
I need some help figuring out how to finish the neckline on the shawl I am working on, this is the link to the pattern.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...s-simple-shawl

The pattern calls for a single stockinette stitch at the neckline, I’ve done two stockinette stitches.

I am nearly finished with the main body, one more repeat and the length will be about 30-32”. I plan to knit a 3-4” ruffle onto the diagonal sides.

Thank you in advance for your ideas.
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:04 AM   #2
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What about adding the ruffle edge along the top of the shawl as well? It can be a very pretty look at the neck.
Here's a link to a nice stretchy bind off for a lacy pattern in case that helps.
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:11 AM   #3
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That is a great bind-off!

This is the ruffle edge I am planning for the sides:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...triangle-shawl

Step 1 instructs “always maintain the two stitch garter plus yarn over edge at each end of your garment”. I will be working in the round if I choose to knit a ruffled neck edge, so I don’t know if this would apply. I think I would still need to add stitches, maybe a kfb stitch here would work design wise?

Step 1 also instructs “Discontinue center yo increases at this point.” Being that the ruffle drapes to a downward point I am thinking that increases are not necessary here, thus the elimination of the increase stitches. Does this seem right?

I know I would need to pick up stitches along the neck edge (a new skill to learn).

• Would I need to pick up additional stitches on the upper corners?

• Do I pick up stitches using a separate strand of yarn?

• And how would I join the picked up stitches to the working yarn?

I ordered blocking wires and they are arriving on Wednesday, giving me plenty of time to work on the ruffle. The ruffle pattern calls for quadrupling the number of stitches, (doubling the stitches twice). For the sides alone, this will equal close to 1400 stitches, for each row!

When I purchased this yarn, I bought the whole bag (a momentary loss of sanity). I fell in with the color and I am a fan of linen and cotton. Upon later inspection I realized how thin the yarn was and could not imagine how I would use up all that yardage. At this point it is not hard to imagine using at least two to three balls for the ruffle alone.
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Something else to think about: Were the ruffle to be worked in a stockinette stitch, the wrong side would be exposed at the neck edge.
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Originally Posted by claireweber View Post
Something else to think about: Were the ruffle to be worked in a stockinette stitch, the wrong side would be exposed at the neck edge.
Well, we all understand these moments of fortuitous insanity. I like linen and cotton too.
Could you knit the neckline in reverse st st so that it would fold over as st st? Just an idea. Maybe an eyelet trim? I looked for an eyelet bind off (an episode of Knitting Daily is nagging at the back of my brain) but couldn't find one.
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Thirteen rows and the main body will be finished. I'm feeling inspired Time will tell if that will carry me through the ruffle. DH commented that extending the ruffle across the neckline would be a LOT of stitches, he really does pay attention to what I do, like a hawk that one.

I thought a crochet border might work, I went upstairs to find my edging book and realized that all my crochet books must be packed away in a box. I'm going to check ravelry and see if there's anything there that might work.

Tomorrow I finish the main body, I want to have the neckline figured out by then to keep up the momentum. Blocking wires shipped today. DH is an excellent photographer, you can tell that he hasn't helped me with any of my shots He has promised to take lots of photos of this shawl when it is completed.
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Alright, I'm going to worry this one to death. I don't know if I've seen anything knitted finished with crocheted edges. Maybe I'll see if I can find some pictures.
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Here are some crocheted borders (more on the right) but I would think maybe a very simple finishing that will blend and won't distract from the shawl and ruffle.
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Are you wanting something more decorative or just a nicely finished edge? A single crochet edge would be a nice finish. A scalloped edge would be a little more decorative but still fairly subdued. Crab stitch? A V stitch border might be in keeping with the rest of the design. Sc ch1 across? I don't think you need anything very complicated. I might consider 2 or 3 rows of knitted seed stitch. My 2 cents. FWIW I look forward to seeing this finished!
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