Question about sweater neckband


#1

I’m knitting Red Heart Northern Lights Easy Fair Isle Pullover.

Directions say to work the neckband in ribbing for 2.5 inches; bind off loosely in ribbing; and then fold neckband in half to wrong side and loosely slip stitch in place.

I am wondering if there’s any reason I couldn’t instead just work the neck in ribbing for X number of inches, bind off, and call it finished… so it would be a crew neck type neckline. This way it would just be one layer thickness of neckband rather than double thickness around the neck.

Thank you in advance for any advice.


#2

You are the knitter, you decide :grinning:. Honestly I very seldom follow any ready written pattern, instead I gather inspiration from here and there and do what I want and the same you can do with this sweater. Just look at the pictures of different necks and see what you like.


#3

Yes, you can. Decide how deep you want your neckband to be then cast off!!( but remember to cast off loosely :wink: )


#4

Go for it! I always say, a knitting pattern is like a recipe, you can follow it to the letter or you can tweak it to suit your own taste. For example, I made a sweater in a particular pattern and I have bought some multi coloured wool and am going to make the same sweater but in stockinette stitch. If you want to do a straight neckband then go for it just, as has already been said, cast off loosely. Good luck and happy knitting!!!


#5

You sure can! I never do the doubled over neck band on this sweater-I knit the neckband to about 1 1/4"-what’s a good width for me-and then bind off in pattern. It looks great on the sweater.


#6

Thank you both!!