Shaping a neck opening

by Amy Lex

Shaping a neck opening:
My pattern says to knit 54 stitches, slip last 18 stitches worked onto stitch holder for center neck, knit 36. Do I need a new needle for this? And a separate ball of yarn? I don’t understand about simply knitting the remaining 36 stitches on the left needle. This is my first sweater, and I have the back finished with stitches bound off on the left and right with the middle stitches on a stitch holder. But this front part confuses me. Please help!

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Oct 26, 2019
Shaping a neck opening
by: Ratchadawan

Hello Amy,

Congratulations on your finished back piece! I know the first sweater always confusing.

Most of the patterns suggest working both sides of the shoulders at the same time. This way you can easily keep track of it. Many knitters prefer working one shoulder at a time so they don't have to deal with 2 balls of yarn.

For your first sweater, I think you should follow the instruction. So you would proceed as follows;

After placing the 18 sts on the holder, you will need to attach another ball of yarn and work on the remaining 36 sts. You don't need a new needle you can use the same needle to work on both sides of the shoulders. you just have to ignore those sts on the holder. It will feel a bit awkward at first but this won't take long to finish. Make sure you keep those yarns apart from each other so they won't get tangled.

You can search youtube on how to join new yarn if you like.

I hope my explanation makes sense to you. I wish you the best on your first sweater. I know you can do it.

Thank for sending in your question.


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