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Back Neck Shaping- A Stab In the Dark

dragonbackThe back piece of my dragon sweater is off the needles and blocked.  I couldn’t seem to follow my own directions and had to rip out the entire thing back to the underarm bind off.  Apparently I cannot watch TV and knit at the same time.

I’ve noticed lately that many of my favorite shirts and sweaters not only have waist shaping, they also have shaping at the back of the neck.  Instead of researching what a normal back neck shaping curve looks like, I threw caution to the wind and mimicked my front neck curve with much less depth.  I’m hoping that I don’t regret my laziness after this thing is assembled.   It’s about an inch in depth.  I started the curve when I started the shoulder slope shaping.

Here’s a close up of the neck:

dragonbackneckIt looks a bit messy but it should work out okay once stitches are picked up for the collar… as long as it’s not too deep.

And, since I had so many stitches to reduce to get from the bust measurement to the shoulder-to-shoulder measurement, I ended up decreasing every row in the underarm.  I don’t think it looks too bad:

dragonbackunderarmThe first sleeve has been cast on.  I’m resisting the urge to over-complicate the sweater design by adding a motif of some sort up the sleeve.  Plain stockinette is a bit tedious but at least it goes quickly in-the-round.  I’m knitting the sleeves without a seam until the underarm to keep it fast and easy.

This project has been going a bit slow because I’ve been getting side-tracked with other things like painting yarns.  We keep having these strange warm & sunny winter days and I can’t resist the urge to haul my things out to the yarn and play with wet wool and color!  Here are some pics of my latest batch.  These hanks are a soft and cushy worsted weight superwash merino.  You can find them in my Etsy shop.  Dyeing yarn has become just about as addictive as knitting.  I’m definitely knitting something with painted yarns in my next project!  🙂


9 thoughts on “Back Neck Shaping- A Stab In the Dark”

  1. The shaping for the arms looks perfect and the back neck will be too, I have faith in you! You know I want all of the yarn, don’t you? I need to hurry up and finish the stuff I am working on so I can start knitting with the beautiful yarn I bought from you! Its on top of my cabinet looking at me, calling out, “finish up with that and knit ME!” and you know that I would have to do a motif on those sleeves… Can’t just keep it simple, I have to complicate everything!

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    1. It’s torture to have new yarn calling out when there’s a project already on the needles! I’m trying to enjoy this project and ignore the other yarn. Not easy!

      You would probably do intarsia-in-the-round up the sleeve? One of these days, I’ll figure out how to do that technique correctly! Until then, I’ll just marvel at your beautiful intarsia work. 🙂


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