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« on: November 23, 2015 12:22:04 PM »

Hi,  I'm just getting back into knitting and don't have much experience with patterns. Currently I'm making a roll neck sweater.  I have completed the back, and am now at the point where I have to shape the neck and shoulders on the front.  I am a bit confused, because the pattern is saying to knit the armholes until they measure 7 1/2"  when the back armholes are 8".  Here is what it says.


Work same as for back until armholes measure 7 1/2(8-8 1/2-8 1/2-9), end on WS 74(84-90-94-104) sts.

Note:  Work decs at left edge of neck as SSK, k3.  Work decs at right edge of neck as k3, KSP.

Shape Neck:  K21(26-29-31-36), join another hank of yarn and bind off center 32 sts, k to end.  Working both sides at once, dec 1 st at each neck edge as in note every RS row 3 times.  AT THE SAME TIME, when armholes measure 8(8 1/2-9-9-9 1/2), end on WS.

Shape Shoulders:  Bind off 6(7-8-10-11) sts at each armhole edge once, then 6(8-9-9-11) sts twice.

This doesn't seem to make sense to me.  Shouldn't I be doing it the same as the back, except for the 3 decreases on the neck edge (the back only had two). 

It seems to be saying that the armhole is going to increase to 8" somehow during the process of shaping the neck.  I don't see how this can happen!

Looks to me as if someone has messed up on typing the pattern.   Or maybe I'm just not understanding it.

I'd really appreciate some input on this.

Thank you!

« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2015 05:57:04 PM »

You're shaping the neck which is lower in front than in the back and is a bit wider, so you will be making more rows and end up at 8" before you begin the shoulder shaping. Follow the instructions as given and it will make sense when you get there.

« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2015 10:52:44 AM »

Many thanks for your reply.  I did actually figure this out eventually, LOL  Now almost finished first sleeve.  Smiley
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2015 02:55:47 PM »

Now I'm wondering whether it's better to use a regular bind-off or a stretchy bind-off on the sleeves.  Any suggestions?
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2015 05:42:33 PM »

A regular BO should be fine, just don't make it too tight. How many sts is it?

« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2015 12:21:17 PM »

Thank you.  I've finished the sleeves, and did the simple stretchy bind-off (knit one, knit 2tog through back loop)  I like that one.  Comes out really neat looking and doesn't use extra yarn like the yarn over bind-off)  Now I'm having trouble making the mattress stitch look any good on the shoulders.  I've decided to try doing a crochet slip stitch instead.  Have to get the right size hook first though. 

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