Perfect Way to Shape Shoulders of Sweaters and Cardigans

How to Neatly Shape Shoulders of Sweaters and Cardigans

When it is time to shape shoulders, the pattern will tell us to ” bind off 3 sts at beg next 6 rows”, “bind off 4 stitches at each shoulder edge 4 times”*, or it will give us row-for-row instructions telling us exactly what we should do in every row of the shaping.

If we follow the pattern instructions as they are written, we’ll end up with shoulder edges that look like two staircases leading to the central group of stitches from the opposite sides.

How to Neatly Shape Shoulders of Sweaters and Cardigans

These edges do not just look unsightly, they are also quite hard to seam later on. The shoulder seams turn out to be uneven, and we might even get small holes in places where we had “steps” at the edges.

We can easily avoid all these pitfalls when we use a simple method described in this tutorial.

When the shaping is finished, you will be left with the stitches of the neckline.

If the neckline also has shaping, you will have to do the shoulder shaping at the same time as you shape the neckline. In this case, you will be shaping each half of the project separately, but the steps that form a smooth shoulder edge remain the same.

In fact, you can also apply this method to turn the neckline into a beautiful sleek curve instead of a line broken by unattractive steps.

*Examples are taken from the patterns published in “Vogue Knitting”, “Filati Handknitting”, “Debbie Bliss” and “Interweave Knits” magazines.


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If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book

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“Neat Side Edges” Book

Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.


Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko - www.10rowsaday.com

Perfect Way to Shape Shoulders of Sweaters and Cardigans | 10 rows a day
Perfect Way to Shape Shoulders of Sweaters and Cardigans | 10 rows a day
Perfect Way to Shape Shoulders of Sweaters and Cardigans | 10 rows a day