I followed PGR on the ribbing, “pick up one stitch at the end of each of two rows, skip one row, and repeat”.
Starting at center front and using alternating colors, knit the first six extra stitches (steeks stitches) and the next 17 from stitch holder. Pick up and knit 36 stitches (two sts out of three rounds) along left side, knit 34 stitches from holder along back, pick up and knit 37 stitches along right side, knit 17 stitches from holder and then the remaining 7 extra stitches. There is now a total of 154 stitches (141 + 13 extra stitches) on the needle. Work K1,P1 ribbing for 8 rounds but knit the steek stitches. Knit last round with one color and then firmly cast off knitwise with that color.
Initially I did have the same thought about ribbing that Deborah R. mentioned. I measured the gap along the side where I needed to pick up stitches and came up with 17cm. I then laid my ruler across the ribbing at the bottom of the sweater and counted 17cm worth of ribbing stitches. I came up with 43 stitches and then did some math.
17 + 43 + 34 + 43 + 17 = 154 + 13 stitch stitches = 167 stitches total.
Yikes! That seemed like too much. I then checked a few patterns with similar collars (taking into account differences in gauge) and decide on the previous route to avoid getting a floppy collar. Yes, it does look a little floppy in the front but that’s were the button band is going. and besides I tried on the sweater and it looks great.
Deborah, Mt Mom, I didn’t even think of picking up new steek stitches for the collar! Yes, I see how that would also work. Thanks for the suggestion.
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