Discrepancy in shoulder width

Hi, new here and very glad to have found it! I’ve just realised the jumper I’m knitting has uneven shoulders by 4cm. The front and back are done (and match at the shoulder seams) the neck is attached and only when sewing the shoulder seams together did I notice! Somehow, nothing in the pattern alerted me until now! I’m just about to set the sleeves in, is there an ingenious way to get round this? The ‘good’ side is spot on. It is chunky wool and Wool and the Gangs ‘lets do this’ jumper. Any suggestions please??

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Is this the pattern? It says free but I can’t find where to download it.

I don’t think in cm so had to look it up. That’s like an inch and half which I can visualize. I’d have to take it out and fix it unless there is a place you can cut the yarn, remove the extra rows and graft it back together. If all the rows have shaping increases or decreases this would be very challenging I think.

Hi, yes that’s the one. There is no shaping. Would it be feasible to pick up the stitches for the sleeve at the right place, finish the sleeve and machine sew the seam and cut the excess off? It would look really bulky if it was left. I’d have to unravel 2/3rds of the work to take the rows out, and I really don’t want to do that!

Welcome to the forum!
The shoulder seams don’t match at the bind offs?
Since the tension is 6sts in 10cm, that’s only about 2.5sts. You could take out the smaller shoulder bind off and rip out several rows then add an extra 2sts, one at a time on different rows. Or you could take the larger shoulder out at the cast off, rip back and decrease 2sts one at a time. Or do both, increase on the front should and decrease on the back. A discrepancy of a stitch won’t be noticeable in the shoulder seams even if you work 3 needle bind off.
It’s a great looking sweater.

Thanks for your response. Yes, it is 2.5 stitches. The ‘good’ shoulder fits well so I don’t want to touch that, I don’t know what is meant by ‘rip back’, if that could be explained please? Presumably undo all the cast off stitches then…………?

Exactly, undo the cast off and take out a few rows. Then you can increase or decrease on a lower rows, probably near the edge and knit back.
It you’re concerned about losing stitches, you can take the sts out one at a time (tinking).

If you did the bind off as knit sts the video shows that at about 4:00min.

It might be a good idea to put in a lifeline here just so you could take back sts to a chosen row and still have the sts saved on the lifeline.

Thanks again, I’ve watched the videos, they go through horizontal stuff, I would need to take off the cast off + 2 further stitches from the whole of the front and back sides (as there is no shaping for the sleeve) which would even include the rib! So vertical removal, that’s a completely different ball game, right?

That sounds like casting on 2 too many on both front and back?
It is perhaps more likely that a stitch miscount happened at the neck shaping - do you think this is a possibility?
Rather than trying to take off 2 stitches all the way down the side edge of front and back it may work more easily to undo to the neck bind off shaping and take the 2 stitches out there - keeping the neck shape central.

I’m just throwing ideas out there as it’s a shame to get so far through a project and then realise something isn’t right.

Yes that makes sense and sounds easier, the neck cast off is on that side as well. So if I undo the neck, what would be the next step? Sorry about this, first post ‘n all!

You wouldn’t need to take out the stitches all the way down to the cast on, just a few rows down so that you could decrease at the edge on one row, decrease maybe 2 rows later and then bind off in another 2 rows.
Creations idea of changing the neck shaping is a good one. Just be careful not to narrow the neck too much. The turtleneck or however you plan to edge the neck will pull in the neck opening and you don’t want it too narrow.
Or maybe do a combination of one stitch at the neck and one later at the sleeve edge?

The trouble is with it being a chunky stocking stitch and quite a boxy shape with no shaping at the arm, just taking a couple of rows out on the seam edge would really show. The neck would be the best bet. I’ve picked up stitches on the neck really tidily and it looks good. I think if I undo the shoulder and neck seam and work it from that direction it has to be the simplest way.

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Sounds like a good plan. Thanks, Creations.
We’d love to see a photo of the sweater when you finish!

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Well, it was just an idea. Don’t know if it will work!
My thought was that the neck could be made a stitch or 2 larger which I think on this style would be ok . Necks are often too tight but it could also be adjusted through the tutleneck if you wanted to reduce the stitch count there.
I also thought it might be possible the neck edge might not be fully central and possibly that was why one side fitted well but not the other. All guesses as we haven’t seen the piece.

I hope it works or is perhaps a step towards the solution…

No need to apologise for asking questions. Just keep asking.
I can’t necessarily answer the questions, I am not that experienced, salmonmac is fabulous and knows soooo much.

If you are still stuck just ask again, this is a lovely site, very welcoming and supportive, it’s a pleasure to be a member here.

Will do, thanks everyone x

Hi all, well I finally decided to take the neck off, undo the shoulder seam and start again. So here it is, it will certainly keep me warm!


It’s so painful taking out those carefully knit rows but it’s so worth it. Your sweater is lovely and will be a treat (and a warm one) to wear. Well done.

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Well worth the effort, it looks fabulous!

@GrumpyGramma, after you find it with your search buddy name you have to select your language before the download is enabled. You also need to create an customer user name and such.

@BearTed, that sweater looks great.

In other words, it’s complicated. :stuck_out_tongue: The Ravelry link I clicked gave me the old Page not found! 404 warning. Since it’s not a pattern I’d ever use I’ll take your word for how to get it. I’m glad others understood the knitting problem because I thought there were too many rows then it looked like to many stitches. Either way I’m glad the issue was resolved with such a wonderful outcome.