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« on: April 21, 2007 10:19:11 AM »

I would like to make a fashionable shawl collar sweater with one of those oversized shawl collars that are seen in high-fashion magazines.
Sarah Jessica Parker is wearing one here:
http://www.hellomagazine.com/photo-galleries.html?imagen=/film/2007/04/20/sarah-jessica-parker/imgs/sarah-jessica-parker-1a.jpg


The Rockefeller Sweater also has a shawl collar that I like:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/knottieknitter/398238680/

I am not interested in making the Rockefeller Sweater, I am only interested in making the shawl collar. I would never wear such bulky knits as they would make me look huge, so it would not be worth it for me to buy this book. Instead, I want to make a top-down raglan with a shawl collar similar to the pictures above, especially the Rockefeller Sweater. Could anyone please tell me more about the neckline that I would use and how I would knit a shawl collar sweater that is similar to the Rockefeller Sweater?

I would be adding it to an elongated Glampyre minisweater or perhaps to Cosmicpluto's top down cardigan.

Thanks to anyone who responds as this has been perplexing me for quite a while now.
Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2007 10:28:41 AM »

Seems to me like the rockerfeller collar is done after the rest of the sweater by picking up sts and gradually decreasing at thte bottom of the collar (maybe BO the button section, then here & there at the ends of rows?) as the collar grows.  There is a KAL for the book, perhaps someone there can help you out with the book's actual instructions.  Alternatively, have you checked your local library for a copy?
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2007 11:41:50 AM »

Seems to me like the rockerfeller collar is done after the rest of the sweater by picking up sts and gradually decreasing at thte bottom of the collar (maybe BO the button section, then here & there at the ends of rows?) as the collar grows.  There is a KAL for the book, perhaps someone there can help you out with the book's actual instructions.  Alternatively, have you checked your local library for a copy?
Yes, thanks, I posted in the KAL, but have not heard back from anyone yet. Can you tell me how this bind off would work? Thanks in advance for your response. I don't think that my local library would have a copy unfortunately.
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2007 01:27:07 PM »

The collar is done with short row shaping -- I'm not going to write out the instructions from the Twinkle book, but they're similar to the shawl collar instructions for Starsky:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTstarsky.html

In short, you finish the body of the sweater, and pick up stitches up one side of the body, along the back neck edge, and down the other side.  For Starsky, you do the short rows early on, then knit the whole length of the collar and bind off everything at the same time.  For the Rockefeller sweater, she has you knit the whole collar bit first, inserting buttonholes, then do the short row shaping -- even then, the whole collar is bound-off at once.

The number of short row wraps/turns and the spacing between them will depend on the gauge of your yarn and personal preference.

Hope this helps!
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