How to Knit a Rounded Neckline (Top-Down Garments)

When knitting top-down sweaters the neckline can end up looking clunky. Either you cast on all of your neckline stitches at once, and you get a boat-neck style horizontal line which doesn’t look great on everyone. Or you cast on stitches over several rows and end up creating little stair-steps on the neckline edge, which can be tricky to neaten up during finishing.

Instructions

Here is how to achieve a nice rounded neckline every time:

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Step 1

Cast On all of your front neck stitches (like the boat-neck style)

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Step 2

Work short rows, knitting across a few more of the CO stitches each time you come to the neckline until (after a few rows) you are working all of your newly CO neckline stitches. This creates a gradual, curved neckline that can be as shallow or deep as you prefer.

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Use Shadow Wrap Short Rows (SWSR) to avoid messy wrap and turn gaps along your graceful rounded neckline

This technique for neckline shaping is used in the following Cocoknits patterns: 

  • Molly 
  • Rosa 
  • Isabelle

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