Working front neckline

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Confused about how to work the decreases and extra stitches near the front neckline? Here’s what I did.

Work until knitting measures one row short of 44-48-52 cm.

First Round: Assuming that the beginning of the round starts at the middle of the extra stitches (steeks) on the front; bind off the left half of the extra stitches on the front and continue following the pattern as set until the last half of the extra stitches. Bind off those stitches. Once this round is finished all extra stitches at the front have been bound off. Break working yarns.

Second Round: Place first 15-17-17 stitches on holder. Cast on six extra stitches (first half of extra stitches) alternating colors as needed. Now following the pattern as set continue knitting until 15-17-17 pattern stitches remain in this round. Place these stitches on a holder. Cast on seven extra stitches (remaining extra stitches) alternating colors as needed. There are now seven extra stitches on the right needle and six on the left.

Next Round: Knit the first six extra stitches as set. Next, knit the first two pattern stitches together  (k2tog). Continue knitting the round, following the pattern as set until two pattern stitches remain. With these two stitches work a SSK decrease. Now knit the last seven extra stitches as set.

Following rounds: Continue working decreases every other round, until a total of 7 stitches have been decreased on each side of the extra stitches.


Sorry I didn’t have time to finish watching Jean’s DVD this week so, no review as promised. Maybe I’ll find time to work on it this coming week.

11 thoughts on “Working front neckline

  1. looks right to me … but I’m now beyond it and my brain has deleted “how I did it” – but I’m sure yours will be gorgeous and technically much, much better than mine!
    your work is very special and close to perfect !!


  2. You never cease to amaze me! I’m so glad you posted yesterday because since I saw you Saturday I thought….I won’t continue until I read what you did! So now I can continue!
    You should write a knitting techniques book!
    Thank you so much for bringing your Schacht over. Mine should ship this week!!!
    The sweater looks great. I got the treat of seeing it in person. I must say you are a CONSTANT source of inspiration. Really.


  3. I am still waiting to hear about my yarn — it is back ordered thanks to a surge in interest!! Your sweater is absolutely gorgeous. I am very glad it is knitting up quickly for you. I suppose you already mentioned what size needle you are using? I love this sweater so much.


  4. I saw lv2knit in St. Paul last weekend (at the Yarnover” and she was talking about your beautiful sweater. I pulled the photos up on my Treo 700P (a 2 inch window) and was blown away. I ordered the wool from Germany ( within 45 minutes of returning home. (FYI, I really didn’t need any more wool.)
    You should get a commission! Your knitting is gorgeous and inspirational. Thanks for the great photos and notes on getting the colors to work out.


  5. Your knitting boggles my mind. I check out your blog pretty regularly and I always leave your blog in awe of the yarny acrobats you seem to perform. Thanks for sharing!


  6. I ordered the kit from and it arrived last night. I appreciate the color progression analysis on your previous post! You got me hooked on this. Can’t hardly wait to get started. See you this summer w/Jean Wong at Suzanne’s!


  7. Melinda, this is actually in response to your previous post.
    First, I should say hello. I’m also a Seattle knitter; one with a new blog ( so I’m visiting around. My neighbor, Karen H, just recommended the Jean Wong certificate to me. I’m not sure I can commit as I have another knitting project I’ve suggested to a friend and don’t have a decision yet. I assume it will fill quickly.
    The squares on the front of Itten (the classic color theory text) are about the relationship of color. You can see the lesson in your photo. The blues are the same color but look different next to the green than they do next to the red.
    Have you taken Peg McNair’s color theory 3-Saturdays series through Weaving Works? If not, from what I see, you’d enjoy it even if you’ve taken color theory before. She does a lot of hands-on work. It happens once a year and may just have.


  8. I tend to knit the front of the sweater with the steek until the point where I’m going to start the neck shaping, and I take off al the stitches I need to for the bottom of the neck, including the steek stitches and cast on for the new steek. Eventually I set stitches aside for the back neck steek, cast on a new steek there. When I’m done with this whole mess, I bind off the shoulders together, open the single neck steek and knit a color, including the original neck steek stitches which were on the holder with the bottom of the neck stitches….
    it works for me.
    and your sweater looks awesome I have to say !


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