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by Ysolda May 07, 2020 3 min read

Congratulations! If you’ve made it this far on your Glenmore sweater the only knitting you have left to do is the neckband. Don't worry if you're still working on the body or sleeves, there are no knitting police, and now more than ever we all deserve to cut ourselves some slack when it comes to productivity, especially for the things we're doing for fun. This blog series will stay up, so you can refer back to the tutorial for any section as you knit at your own pace. On May 20th we'll be drawing KAL winners, but even if your sweater isn't likely to be done you should still check that you've made a Ravelry project and tagged it #glenmorekal. Our two runner up prizes of a £25 gift certificate to will be drawn from anyone who has a tagged project, regardless of sweater completion. Of course, if you would like a little extra motivation to finish your Glenmore, our grand prize of a £50 gift certificate will be drawn from all of the finished projects.

For the neckband you'll pick up and knit stitches around the neck opening, in exactly the same way that you picked up around the armhole for the sleeves.

close up of the neck opening without the neckband

Use your smaller, 16" / 40cm needle, and, if the ribbing at the bottom of your sweater feels a bit loose, consider going down another size for the neck ribbing. You want the ribbing around the neck to be nice and firm, so that it lies smoothly against the body, without being so tight that you can't get it over your head.

Begin picking up stitches at the right shoulder, so the first stitch is picked up in the shoulder seam stitch closest to the back. 

After the first few stitches have been picked up. Continue across the back of the neck.

Then pick up down the vertical and diagonal edge of the left of the front neck, and across the front neck cast on. 

Between the front neck cast on and the right side of the front neck you might have a large hole, close it up as follows:

Insert the left needle through the hole from front to back.

Knit into the back leg of the hole to twist.

Any remaining looseness can be distributed into the surrounding stitches with a darning needle.

The neckband is now ready to work. Work 6 rounds of 1x1 ribbing.

When all of the rounds of ribbing have been worked, bind off in pattern, or, for a fancier finish often found on high end ready to wear knitwear consider working a sewn tubular bind off. This is a more advanced technique that I'd only recommend tackling if you're already familiar with kitchener stitch / grafting (you might have encountered this on a sock toe.)

Ravelry user Sawomuc finished the neckband on his Glenmore with a tubular bind off and shared it in our knitalong thread. The results are beautiful and well worth the effort!

Join the Glenmore KAL!

You don't have to do anything special to sign up, just buy the pattern and share your progress. Use the hashtag #glenmorekal on instagram, twitter and your Ravelry project, so everyone can see your photos and come and say hi in our Ravelry group. There will be prizes! 

Read all posts in the Glenmore KAL series. 

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Ysolda designs knitting patterns, spent years teaching at events and loves to find new yarns and books to share.

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