Hello, I’m hoping someone here will have an answer. I’m working on this wonderful Wonder Woman sweater in a large for a friend. (It’s a free pattern, so you can just open it if you have a Ravelry account.) I’m only using one strand of yarn instead of the suggested double because it was just too thick when I tried using double yarn. So far I’ve made the sleeves and am almost finished with the front of the body.
The sleeves are the perfect size. From the underarm bindoff to the collar is the right length, but on the front of the body it is totally off. I’m 10 rows away from the top and the yoke is REALLY long. I’ve double checked my gauge, I’m only off by about a 1/4 stitch over 4 inches so I don’t think that’s my problem. Once I realized it was super off, I looked at the pattern and realized there are almost 20 extra rows in the yoke between the small and the large, versus only 8 extra rows in the sleeves between the small and the large.
Now I opted to make the large because she has a 42" bust measurement, but she is a fairly short girl. I am a very tall girl, with the same bust size, and this yoke is already too long for me and sits just under my chin at 10 rows short of what the pattern says.
I thought of ripping out a few rows, and just making the collar as the patter suggests so the yoke is the appropriate length, but that collar seems like it would be huge. (pattern calls for 26 stitches for the front and back pieces, and 14 stitches on sleeves for a total of 66 stitches when you start the collar ribbing, but I would be at roughly 96 stitches if I did it that way.
So I think adding a scoop neck might be the best solution? But how would I go about that? I was thinking that if I take the middle 4 stitches and put them on a holder where I want the lowest point of the neckline to be, I could then work up one side, hiding some extra decreases around the held stitches for the ribbing so my collar isn’t too big when I get to the same length from the underarm binding to the collar as the sleeves. But I’m not sure which way those decreases should lean, or how many stitches per row to hold to make it a proper shape. Also, I’m not sure what I would do on the back as I’d like it to be less scooped in the pack.
I don’t even know if I’m thinking about this the right way. I’m hoping a more experienced knitter can help me work this out so I can finish this sweater and get on to my christmas knitting. If there’s another way of doing this, possibly doing more decreases somehow without messing up the shape of the yoke, I’d be willing to try that too.