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« on: October 08, 2009 10:38:55 AM »

Hi all!

I've been trying to finish a sweater for ages, but I keep getting hung up on the neckline.  It's a wide scoop-neck & the pattern calls for stitches to be picked up around the neck edge & knit in ribbing.
Sound okay, right?
I though so, too. 

I've tried to finish it so many times that I'm getting sick of it.  The number of stitches it says to pick up make the neckline sooo huge that it just falls off my shoulders altogether!  I've tried to decrease the number of stitches to be picked up, but the shape of the scoop makes it pucker really unflatteringly.

If anyone has any other ideas, I'm open to suggestions!  Even (*shudder*) crochet-edging ideas might be feasible, although I'll have to teach myself how to crochet first!

Please help, I'm desperate!

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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2009 12:15:45 PM »

Here's what I would try, pick up as many stitches as they say to, then decrease down to a more reasonable number. Depending on the style of sweater you may want to do the decreases over several rows in a decorative pattern. When you get down to a more reasonable number work the ribbing, or whatever finish you like.

I am concerned though, if the neckline is that wide maybe you knit a size or two larger than you needed? Or possibly, as I have noticed more than once, the pattern was only tested on a very small size and the grading didn't account for the fact that larger sizes get larger in the bust a lot faster than they do in the neck and shoulders.
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