I have completed the applied i-cord neckband on the PiS sweater.
I did it thusly.
I picked up stitches all the way around the neckband and left them on a circular needle.
At the shoulder where the last picked up stitch is located, I use the working yarn to cast on three stitches on a double-pointed needle, and knit back those three stitches.
Then, start the applied i-cord.
Knit the first 2 stitches from the dpn onto a second dpn. Slip the third unworked stitch from the first dpn onto the second dpn, and slip the first unworked neck stitch from the circular needle next to the unworked stitch on the second dpn.
Using the first (now empty) dpn, insert it through the back loops of the two unworked stitches and knit them together.
Slide the three stitches to the other end of the dpn and continue to work i-cord rounds, working the last of the three stitches together with one stitch from the neck.
(If you don’t know how to make a “regular” i-cord you can find plenty of websites with instructions by doing a Google search).
Now for the neckband, one has to fudge to make it lie down properly. On the curved bits I thought I needed a bit of ease, so I worked a round here and there without attaching it to a neckband stitch. And on the straight bits, I thought it needed tightening up a bit, so every 6th round I worked the last stitch of the i-cord together with 2 neckband stitches.
Then when I finished, I sewed the ends of the i-cord together as neatly as possible. As it’s at the shoulder, it doesn’t really show much anyway.
And there you have it!
Lucy would like to point out to you that I sewed in the first sleeve as well.
I love the colors for Amphora. Do they have names?
The Amphora colors are: Driftwood, Selkie, Limpet, and Mara.
I have not knitted FI yet and I would love to knit Amphora (only four colors), but I am only 34 inches around the bust (if I stick my chest out). Wouldn’t 103 cm (40.5 in) be too large for me? I imagine it is written at such a small gauge that I would get carpal tunnel syndrome if I tried smaller needles. I would also probably like to have it shorter. Should I just pick out another, more suitable pattern?
Joan, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprisedat how a sweater with 6 inches of ease fits, unless you like your sweaters really fitted. I’m 36″ around, and I like a fair isle that’s just about 43″ around — leaves room to wear a cotton turtleneck beneath it (which I always do) without feeling stuffed into the sweater.
Try on a 40″ sweater and see what you think of the fit. You could easily go down a needle size. The pattern calls for a 3.25mm needle with the 2-ply Hebridean, but you could try swatching with a 3.0mm. It’s fine knitting, but not really tight, so you could do that without hand pain.
I also think you could successfully shorten it. The main pattern motif is 38 rows — you could eliminate 19 rounds — half a motif — or 38 rounds for a whole motif, depending on how much shorter you’d like it.
I may shorten it myself. 🙂