Tuesday, March 4, 2014
As I mentioned here, the yarn is a blend of cashmere (8%), merino (47%), polyamide (15%) and viscose (15%) in an aran weight. The pattern is from the winter 2012 edition of Twist Collective. The colour is dark green, not blue as appears in this picture. More knitting info on Ravelry.
As a sewing audience, you may be interested in the modifications I made to the shawl collar. This is knitted on by picking up stitches all the way from the hem on one side, past the lace yoke, around the back, and down the other side. The pattern states that one knits in k2p2 rib for 3.5", then the fold over shawl collar is shaped by knitting short rows.
For the uninitiated, knitting short rows adds length and shaping by going back and forth on less than the full row. There is an exceedingly good description of the theory of short rows on the TECHknitting blog (which I highly recommend for all sorts of useful knitting information, copiously illustrated and clearly described).
Anyhow the short rows called for in the pattern started around the back of the sweater (even with the outer edges of the ribbed panels on the back) and moved outward slowly (by 2 stitches per row) so that the back width of the collar would increase radically before one got to the intended stopping point for the short rows. The result was a collar that was very high at the CB. I calculated that the collar would be a total of 57 rows high at CB (about 9"). I also thought the collar was a little loose-looking at CB, i.e. it does not hug the neck at all.
At the same time, the collar looked rather skimpy from the front. (These images are from the Twist website.)
My modifications aimed at moving the starting point for the short rows towards the front, to keep the collar visually wider from the front, and to lengthen the collar more gradually.
I also snugged the back neck in by decreasing stitches in a band in the centre back.
Here is a picture of my modified collar.