Owls was my first sweater of the year. of. sweaters. It’s the third sweater I’ve made for myself but the first I’ve worn regularly. I was thrilled with how it turned out, except for one detail.
It went like this: put the sweater on, give the neckline a little tug and try to smoosh it into place, the neckline just wouldn’t stay. I ended up doing the tug-n-smoosh every time I moved. I don’t really like a loose neckline and I felt what I had looked a little sloppy. I wanted to be really, really proud of and 100% thrilled with my sweater. I knew something needed to be done.
Step 1: Pick up stitches just before the ribbing.
Step 3: As the pattern has a decrease round just before the ribbing starts, I knit one round plain and decreased 8 stitches evenly across the next round 5 more times. This stacked the decreases neatly like the crown of a hat and I felt the swirly effect went well with the circular yoke construction.
Step 4: Go down 2 needle sizes, instead of the 1 called for in the pattern, and knit 2 inches of 2*2 ribbing as directed. Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.
I am really, really proud of and 100% thrilled with my sweater.