Shawl Collar Question

albert's picture

When knitting a shawl collar, how many increasese should be done on the back of the neck(?) when starting the collar so that there will be enough fullness for the collar to lie flat while not creating excess fabric at the back of the neck?

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ronhuber's picture

Is this a cardigan?? If so

Is this a cardigan?? If so you would pick up stitches all around the edge. Knit to the centre of the back of the neck and knit l0 more, turn and knit l0 past the centre the other way, turn and knit l2 past the centre, turn and knit l2 past the centre the other way, turn knit l4 past the centre....... These numbers are only examples and it would depend on the size of wool you are using. It also depends on whether you want a huge, medium, or slender collar. I do it this until I get to the tip of the V and then just go back and forth making a button band. Is this clear as mud??

albert's picture

Your instructions are very

Your instructions are very clear, Ron. I did something similar, but rather than short rows on this pullover, I picked up the back neck stitches and then knit back and forth, picking up a couple of stitches at the end of each row all along the "V" until I reached the point of the "V". This works quite well. I found this in the book Knitting in the Old Way by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts. She says to increase a few stitches at the shoulders so that the collar will lie flat, but she does not explain farther. My assuption is that if there is no increase as described, the collar will sit all katywampus when folded over. Also I don't know if she means to increase at the back of the neck or exactly at the shoulders. Is this a big issue or will a collar work when just going along without the increases?

Veni, vidi, kniti.

ronhuber's picture

I hate to say this Albert

I hate to say this Albert but I always have to experiment and I have to experiment every time I do one as every sweater and wool used is different. Good luck.

I've just finished a shawl

I've just finished a shawl collar on a sweater and it was done in short rows to give the fullness at the back of the neck.

albert's picture

I'm trying to picture what

I'm trying to picture what you mean- can you explain a bit more?

Veni, vidi, kniti.