As I said before in my previous post about this project, I have been working on this for years. I hate to admit it, but I'm really not even that interested in this sweater anymore. It is not all that fashionable and it was sort of a starter garment / practice piece.
Well, it is FINALLY DONE! Yippee, raise the flag!
The one on the left is the one I just finished. Normally you would block these pieces, but given the nature of this yarn, I'm not going to bother.
The stitches on the tops of both of these pieces are live, meaning that they are loose, ready to go back or stay on a needle, usually to continue the project with a sleeve, neck or edging. The original pattern called for a turtleneck, but I do not need a turtleneck in my wardrobe. I am going to vary it but I'm going to be a free spirit and see where it goes.
First, I transferred the stitches to a circular needle because I am going to knit around the neck but not in the round. I am going to leave an opening / slit on one of the shoulder, so I will be working side-to-side.
I decided to start off by knitting a k3, p2 rib for the neck. My plan was to knit it long enough so that it will hang down in a sort of cowl neck, but not really. I am not sure what the proper name of the neck I'm trying to accomplish with my thoughts, we'll just see where this takes me.
I was knitting for awhile and was getting bored with it and wanted it to be finished the day I was working on it. There is no need for this project to linger on any longer. Above is my rib fold-down neck. Not long enough though.
So, I decided, since I am so confident in my crocheting skills since completing my Pima Pullover, that I am going to finish this collar with some crochet. I bound off with knitting and picked up an I crochet hook and did a dc, ch1, dc thing along the entire edge, then did the same for 4 rows.
This is how this collar came out! Not too shabby. I actually like how this came out. The shaping of the body of the sweater could be a bit more fitted, but I'm not going to complain too much.
This one shoulder is only connected by a few stitches at the end, but not by the neck. This is where I intentionally did not connect for the neck.
I can see myself wearing this, maybe at the end of the summer. The sweater itself it warm, but I have to wear a tank top underneath it so you don't see through it.
I talked about not making myself finish UFOs in my stash in my Craft-no-lutions post at the beginning of the year. I think because I was sick of moving this project out of the way each time I went into my craft corner, that I decided that it must get done. Phew, so glad it is over and it came out wearable!