Last night I finished the left front of my Linden jacket. I remember reading on Ravelry that people said to not continue the cables in the collar shaping, so when I got to that part I was careful to pay attention, looking to see why so many made mention of the collar directions being difficult or to avoid the cable crossings within the shaping, etc.
End result? I have no idea why so many people had problems with it. The directions are all there, nothing is omitted or unsaid, if only you know how to read it properly.
Here’s how it works, and hopefully this will help others who haven’t knit this yet but wanted to, and maybe were nervous they wouldn’t “get it”.
After the majority of the front is complete, the st st portion of the front is decreased away then bound off completely, and the cable is worked on alone until it is long enough to reach up around the back of your neck. There are short rows worked 4 times to make the collar curve nicely over your shoulder and around your neck.
I don’t want to write out the actual directions here, because it’s part of pattern copyright. But I think I can be vague enough to not infringe, while still being helpful.
The cables are on a 16-row repeat, with the cable crossings themselves on rows 7 and 15.
The collar shaping instructs you to work 5 rows of short row shaping, then 7 rows in est pattern, and then to repeat these 12 rows 3 more times. Only the first 4 of the collar shaping rows are partial (short) rows, the 5th row (a ws row) has you working back across the complete row. The pattern also has you only start the collar shaping once you’ve done a cable cross row, either row 7 or 15, depending on the size you are knitting.
For my size, I started the collar shaping after working a row 7 cable row.
I think what’s throwing people off is that they are looking at the 12 rows you work 4 times, and are thinking it doesn’t work out within the cable crosses. What’s being overlooked is that you’re not working 12 COMPLETE rows in the cable. You can ignore the first 4, and only count the 5th row, because that’s the only one that is actually worked across the whole row.
Collar Shaping Row 1 – WS – doesn’t count with cable rows
Collar Shaping Row 2 – RS – doesn’t count with cable rows
Collar Shaping Row 3 – WS – doesn’t count with cable rows
Collar Shaping Row 4 – RS – doesn’t count with cable rows
Collar Shaping Row 5 – WS – counts as cable row 8 (or 16, but I’m working with my size here. You can adjust the row numbers for where you ended before “Shape Collar”).
Work 7 Rows in Est Patt:
Row 1 – RS – counts as cable row 9
Row 2 – WS – counts as cable row 10
Row 3 – RS – counts as cable row 11
Row 4 – WS – counts as cable row 12
Row 5 – RS – counts as cable row 13
Row 6 – WS – counts as cable row 14
Row 7 – RS – counts as cable row 15 – cable crossing row
And that’s the first repeat. Then you do it 3 more times.
How this works out is that you have some short row shaping (the first 4 partial rows), then 7 full rows of stockinette stitch, then a cable crossing row, 4 times total.
It’s actually really smart how the short-row shaping was worked into the cables without actually affecting them at all, and hopefully this will help anyone having trouble figuring it out.
My mother-in-law called this weekend to say that we’d be celebrating Thanksgiving next Monday at my sister-in-law’s place, and wouldn’t it be nice if I were to surprise B with her long-awaited pillows? Hmmm. Subtle. So unfortunately I’m going to have to put Linden on partial hold while I work on the pillows. It’s frustrating because I’m seeing it progress so fast, but I think I’ve figured out a way to work on both, by bringing Linden as my “take-along-knitting” for the appointment I’ve got later this week, but keeping the pillows (and their accompanying “designing”) as my night-time knitting.