It may have had something to do with the fact that Amy had Peace Fleece on sale for $5 a skein and there were three pink ones left and one white to go with it. I did some calculations for the substitution and figured it would get me close enough. (I apparently love to run out or almost run out of yarn at every chance I get.) I'll lengthen the body, but shorten the sleeves if need be. And no turned-over hem; that will save some yardage too.
I got the collar done the other day--that's where you start.
It's knit to make a strip of knitting on the bias:
I like the stripe effect, but briefly considered using the back side:
Because I was changing colours every time I started a right-side row, I went ahead and knit the first stitch. (Usually I slip it.) I made sure to purl the last stitch on the wrong side rows and that gave me the nice selvage stitch on one side:
The bias strip collar is started with a provisional cast on. I used the crochet cast on. I started it while waiting for choir to start. You should have heard them all howl when they saw me working with a crochet hook instead of a pair of knitting needles. The basses seemed especially incensed. They are used to seeing me and my knitting but apparently a crochet hook is just going too far!
Anyway, once the right length is achieved, it is time to take out the provisional cast on and put the released stitches onto a needle:
|Here I am pulling out the purple yarn of the crochet cast on|
and picking up the white stitches that are freed.
It was going so well that when I was half done the seam, I thought I should take a picture or no one would believe me that it was sewn together:
|The Kitchener seam is half done. The right side is finished;|
the stitches on the needles on the left are waiting.
When it was done, I had this:
How does all this make a collar? Well, you fold it in half and just sort of imagine it laying across my shoulders:
The yarn contains mohair and it's definitely "hairy." I don't mind working with it, though, and I don't think I'll have any problem wearing it. If nothing else, I'll wear a tank under it and that will only help if the neckline ends up being too wide open for bra straps. (I'm old fashioned--I'd rather not show mine.)
But there's enough time to worry about that later. Meanwhile, I'll keep knitting. Obviously the shirt's being done top-down, so next time you see it, I'll probably be trying it on.