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Alvern
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Posted - 04/24/2011 :  07:28:51 AM  Show Profile Send Alvern a Private Message  Reply with Quote
When adding a collar to a sweater that doesn't have a collar in the pattern, do you just pick up stitches from around the top neck area and knit from them, or do you have to do increases in addition to what you have picked up?

lacylaine
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Posted - 04/26/2011 :  09:40:20 AM  Show Profile Send lacylaine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think you'll have to play with it and see as you go. You're more likely to need strategic decreases to keep the collar smooth. You'll probably find it helpful to read how other collars are made in different patterns. Good luck!

Melanie

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10

2010 FO: two pair felted clogs, two chemo caps for Mom 2011 FO: BYOB (market bag), Hedgerow Mitts, pair of wristers/sweatbands, Baby Alpaca Grande Vest




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lacylaine
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Posted - 04/26/2011 :  09:42:14 AM  Show Profile Send lacylaine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Rats, forgot to mention: if it's not too late, leave your back stitches on a holder until you're ready for the collar. This will create a LOT more give in the collar, allowing it to better go over the wearer's head. I would say that this is important enough to seriously consider taking out the bind off if at all possible.

Melanie

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10

2010 FO: two pair felted clogs, two chemo caps for Mom 2011 FO: BYOB (market bag), Hedgerow Mitts, pair of wristers/sweatbands, Baby Alpaca Grande Vest




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Alvern
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Posted - 04/26/2011 :  10:19:00 AM  Show Profile Send Alvern a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Melanie, very good suggestions about leaving the back stitches on a save needle.I was thinking about a finished sweater that I purchased and wanted to put a collar on when I wrote the question. I picked up what seemed right and then did increases thinking it would have to be expanded, but ended up taking it all out as it looked ridiculous. You are right, it probably should of had decreases. I have knit what seems like millions of sweaters, but they all have different ideas about collars. I wonder also about hoods. Are they just big collars sewn together at the top?
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lacylaine
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Posted - 04/27/2011 :  5:17:02 PM  Show Profile Send lacylaine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That's how a lot of them look to me. I've only seen one knitted hood that looked good. One of my customers wore a hooded scarf with an upside down shawl collar edging, so to speak. It was wonderful but the store was always too busy for my to just get to know her and ask her if I could examine it up close. Anyway, this hood didn't have the usual point on the back and it didn't sag around the face, either.

Melanie

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10

2010 FO: two pair felted clogs, two chemo caps for Mom 2011 FO: BYOB (market bag), Hedgerow Mitts, pair of wristers/sweatbands, Baby Alpaca Grande Vest




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materavis
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Posted - 05/05/2011 :  07:16:16 AM  Show Profile Send materavis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A great deal depends on what type of collar you want. A turtleneck or cowl is pretty much just knit straight up. A rolled collar needs a platform--look at the neckband on a shirt collar.(These are often not included in the pattern, by the way.) I think it was Knitters magazine had a good article on collars a few years back. I usually pick up stitches, then work a row or two plus a short-row or two from about the shoulder seams back. Then work the collar from there. If you want a round collar you will need to increase stitches (then decrease later at the front edges for a "Peter Pan" type.) For a shirt-type, you can knit straight or increase at the front edges, depending on how you want the points to look. Good luck!
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Alvern
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Posted - 05/05/2011 :  1:03:05 PM  Show Profile Send Alvern a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the suggestion of doing a few short rows. I like that idea.
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