How to Shape Neckline with Short Rows
During the first half of this knit-along we did most of the knitting – we made the body of the tee and finished the back. The second half is less about knitting and more about using different knitting techniques to make this project as nice as it can be.
We’ll start by finishing the front of the tee. To warm up, we’ll do some knitting and purling until the front is long enough to start shaping the neckline.
Then we’ll use shadow wrap short rows to create a slightly rounded shape at the centre of the front.
I’ll explain the adjustments you need to make if you added extra stitches in steps 3.1 and 4.1 of the pattern to make the sleeves longer.
We’ll also discuss what it means to “work stitches”. It is a common knitting instruction that could be puzzling to beginner knitters. If you’ve never come across this instruction before, click here to see what it means.
Click here to watch this part of the knit-along as a detailed video tutorial.
While working the last short rows, we’ll bring back our old friends – stitch markers. This time, they will work to separate stitches of the neckline from the shoulder stitches. These markers will be of great help to us when we make shoulder seams in the next part of the knit-along.
The last part of this knit-along will be all about different knitting techniques. We’ll learn how to use Russian grafting to make shoulder seams, and I’ll explain why this technique is perfect for the task.
Then we’ll make sure there are no holes in the neckline before we finish it off. Finally, we’ll hide all tails and block the tee to make it a perfectly finished garment that you’ll be proud to wear or gift.
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