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Old 11-12-2006, 04:36 PM   #1
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Neckband help
I am soooo not good at picking up stitches and my first two sweaters look great until I get to the neck band and have to pick up stitches. So,,,,

Why can't I just make 1 1/2" to 2" of ribbing and then sew it on to the neck area when I get to the neckband?
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Old 11-12-2006, 04:45 PM   #2
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What is your pattern like? Could you just continue in ribbing when you get to the neck instead of binding off and and starting the band as a separate piece?
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Old 11-12-2006, 04:54 PM   #3
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My pattern is just a simple stockinette child's sweater. It's the Lion Brand Yarn cotton sweater that's all different colors. It very simple but says to pick up and knit stitches making the neckband. It's one of those that roll down. I don't like collars to roll down so I make them ribbed. But I should be able to make ribbing and just sew it on. right?
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Old 11-12-2006, 04:55 PM   #4
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wait. I see what you mean...hmmm...I think I could do that too
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Old 11-12-2006, 06:18 PM   #5
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Well I went to the lion brand site and if it's the sweater I think it is, I don't think what I suggested would work. (I think it would have worked well if the sweater were a yoke or raglan type knit in the round with identical front and back, but alas, it's not. Pretty limited situation now that I think about it... oh well. It was worth a shot I guess!) Your idea sounds good to me.

Oh, how about this? What I would do is to leave the center back and front stitches on holders instead of binding off -- and then just work from those live stitches when doing the ribbing -- you'd still have to pick up a few along the sides of the front, but it wouldn't be nearly as bad as having to pick up the whole way around. I've read that it's a good idea to put the back neck stitches on holders instead of binding off anyway, because it reduces the likelihood that the neckband will be too tight.
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Oh, but you know what? I'm not doing it in those funky colors. I'm doing both the front and back in a self striping pastel yarn
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I just edited my previous post with a new idea (see second paragraph). Sorry I didn't make a new post. That probably would've made more sense.
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I'm gonna try your idea Thanks so much for helping me!
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