When I picked up ALCEA this morning the neckine had been shaped and the shoulders bound off using a 3 Needle Bind Off. She looked awfully funny in this state with the neck steeks uncut.
I took a deep breath and cut the neck steeks open. It is always unnerving to take scissors to the knitting, isn’t it? But then, she looked so much better after I cut those steeks. Cutting those steeks actually made her look like a sweater!
Since the pattern I’m using is for a pullover and I am modifying it into a cardigan, I had to spend some time calculating how many stitches to pick up around the neckline (inbetween the front and back stitch holders).
Now you may be wondering why I am doing the neck ribbing and button bands before I knit the arms because most cardigan patterns have you knitting the arms next. I really wanted to get the ribbing out of the way since it is not my most favorite thing to do. And, I can go look for buttons!
I initially picked up the stitches around the neckline using two circular needles. This seemed cumbersome so I put all the neck stitches on just one circular needle. The circular needle was a little too long which impended the stitches from moving easily along the coil. So, I finally pulled out all the double point needles I had in the appropriate size and distributed the stitches evenly among six dpns. It looks kind of funny but it worked just fine.
Then, this afternoon, I snuggled up in my favorite knitting chair and watched some recorded programs while I knit a corrugated neck rib.
And here is Alcea with a completed neck rib. Next week? The button bands!