Could there be an error in my pattern?

Hello again. I’m having trouble understanding how the instructions on my pattern could be correct and need someone a whole lot more experienced than myself to tell me.

I’ve had to pick up stitches from the neck down to the hem of the front of a cardigan in order to knit a rib shawl collar. Starting from the neck you rib a short row, wrap and turn then rib back to the neck on the even numbered rows. The last short row, wrap and turn is followed by the instruction to “rib across all sts.” as opposed to “rib to end” which every other even numbered row has been. How, if you’ve just knitted a short row, can you knit across all the stitches?

Because I’m not sure about the actual number of rows to rib I am confused about where I will be finishing. Is there some kind of rule that says it’s better to cast off and finish at the neck end or finish at the hem?

Thank you in advance,

P.S. If Marg1e reads this then yes, I’ve done some delightfully wicked things in my past. :aww:

Are you knitting the collar in halves or in one piece? Often instructions for short rows have you finish off with a complete row over all sts. Is the next direction to bind off all stitches?

Yes, I’m knitting the collar in two halves. After the last short row and the instruction to rib across all stitches you work an even number of rows before binding off. I’m just not sure whether to substitute the “rib across all stitches” row for a short row and then knit an additional full row or just rib the short row. Depending on which I do changes which end I finish binding off at.


You could do either. I don’t think it matters where your bind off ends. If you’d like to use the tail of yarn to seam the two halves of the collar at the back then bind off so the tail winds up at the neck. Just take good notes so that you can knit the other half for the same number of rows.
I’m kntting a shawl collar right now too but the collar is knit separately and then sewn to the neck edge. Much eaier the way you’re doing it I think but we’ll see how this goes. Good luck finishing yours and post a photo if you’d like. We all love seeing finished projects!