Well, here it is! After a couple of months looking at the fabric, the ribbon, the whole concept of sewing a collar without a pattern and CUTTING my knit garment, I just bit the bullet and did it!! And I'm so happy I did!
I know that knitting doesn't unravel horizontally. But my soul ached at the thought. I'm not new to steeks, either. Just a primal fear that the hours of work will all end up in a knotted mess on the floor!
So, the particulars: 100% alpaca yarn (here's the stuff: http://alpacayarn.shptron.com/c/yarn), pewter clasp I found on Etsy, ribbon from JoAnn's (OK, it's not traditional... he'll grow out of the sweater in about 2 years). About 1 month of regular knitting, one month of fretting over how to put it together, one evening of finishing the collar and trim.
That's my son modeling it. After weeks of begging if he can still wear shorts to school (NO! It's 28 degrees this morning!!!), he wants to know when he can wear this. Now the conversation is that he's going to find it QUITE warm!! LOL
Hope you all enjoy!