Vertical Garter Neckline: How-To
Cast on 5 stitches with double point needles (DPNs). Knit across the 5 stitches, then insert the tip of the needle into the first available stitch on the neckline as shown.
Knit into the neckline stitch (as shown below). You will now have 6 stitches on your needle.
Turn your knitting to the wrong side, and knit the first two stitches together (as shown below). Knit to the end of the row – you will end this row with 5 stitches once again.
Turn your work back to the right side (shown below). Knit to the end of the row.
As before, insert the tip of the needle into the next available neckline stitch (skipping a stitch occasionally as needed so the neckline does not become crowded).
As you progress, it will look something like this (below):
Keep Your Edges Tidy: Handy Tip
A vertical neckline can look messy if the edges aren’t worked tightly. Keep your edges tidy by working the first stitch tightly, but – more importantly – when you insert your needle into the second stitch of the row (as shown), pull the working yarn tightly again. This will firm-up the first stitch and keep your edges crisp. If you do this as you begin each row (even on the wrong side), you will have a much tidier neckline.
Troubleshooting Your Neckline
If your neckline seems wavy, loose, or too wide, this means you’ve picked-up more stitches than necessary and/or worked your neckline too loosely.
Try one or both of the following:
To enhance the curve of the front bands, use your blocking pins to help accentuate the curves as shown.