Thora’s neck edge is so fascinating that I thought it was worth a blog post of its own. Also, the instructions are not particularly intuitive, and I hope anyone knitting Thora, who finds this part of the pattern unclear, can benefit from these photos. I have looked for similar pictures on other projects I’ve knitted, and I’ve found bloggers who posted close-ups like these. I’m thankful for their help, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’d like to do the same thing.
When you knit the fronts, the pattern asks you to put 5 stitches at the neck edge on a holder. When you knit the sleeves, it asks you to put 4 stitches at the top of the saddle on another holder. To start the neck edge, you pick up the 5 neck edge stitches
and then knit them (p1, k4—or k4, p1—depending on which side you’re on) until you reach the second group of picked up stitches. It is neater to start knitting the stitches from the attachment side of the border so you can hide the tail when tidying the ends.
Once you've knit enough to fit across the saddle, you pick up the second group of stitches knit across all 9 stitches in the pattern for the back neck edge. These are knit until the strip reaches the center back. Here it is on the right front:
I’ve finished both sides of the neck edge, and tonight I’ll be grafting them together and (probably) crocheting them to the neck edge. I’m favoring the row of single crochet, if it looks good, because it will provide a less stretchy, firmer edge.
I’m departing a little from the pattern instructions, which ask you to bind off each side and have a seam at the center back. This pattern is so elegant in its styling that this instruction seems surprising. Why have a seam when an invisible graft will do?
The rest of the finishing is more of the garden variety—side seams and buttons. But being so close to the finish line, I don’t think I’ll falter here. So I know what I’ll be doing as I wait for Thanksgiving dinner to cook.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving.