How to convert circular collar to boat neck?

Xavier's picture

Can anyone help me? I finished an Icelandic sweater (see photo attached) but don't like the circular collar. There is no shaping of the neck. I think a boat neck would suit. However, I have never knitted a garment with one and I can't figure out the only pattern instructions I can find.

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Xavier: You need to do short rounds shaping to make the neck fit properly without " shelving." Elizabeth Zimmerman explains this very well (in "Knitting Without Tears" I believe.). You are almost there, don't go boatneck!

ronhuber's picture

I always use the main colour and do short rows at the back to raise the neck as I find them very uncomfortable when the front is the same as the back. Your sweater is gorgeous and you have done a lovely job with it.

Xavier's picture

Thanks, Ron and Eric. I have ordered "Knitting without Tears" from Amazon UK. I can visualize using shortened rounds to raise the neckline at back.

Kerry's picture

Beautiful looking sweater, congratulations.

Knit Haappens's picture

Your sweater is what I aspire to making in the future. I'm currently just learning and I'm working on a hat. Thanks for the inspiration.