Knitting: How to Finish Off the Neck of a Sweater

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Knitting: How to Finish Off the Neck of a Sweater
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Knitting has been a popular way to make clothing for centuries. Before advanced technology, knitting was a way to create clothing, blankets and other necessities, using only yarn and two needles. Many knitting enthusiasts knit homemade sweaters, socks and mittens. A homemade sweater that fits perfectly is a great gift to give your loved ones. If you are new to knitting, you can learn how to finish the neck of the sweater easily.

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Things you need

  • Knitting needles
  • Yarn

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  1. 1

    Put the empty right needle into the furthest neck stitch to the right on the left needle. Bring the yarn around the end of the right needle from behind and pull the new yarn loop through the first stitch.

  2. 2

    Make another stitch like the first one, so you end up with two stitches on the right needle.

  3. 3

    Bring the left needle through the stitch further to the right on the right needle and pull the stitch over the other stitch on the right needle. Use the left needle to bring the stitch down and off the right needle.

  4. 4

    Pass the right needle through the next stitch on the neck to the left and pass the yarn around the right needle to make a new second stitch.

  5. 5

    Bring the left needle through the right stitch on the right needle again and pull the stitch off the needle.

  6. 6

    Knit a new stitch onto the right needle so there are two and use the left needle to bring the right stitch over and off. Keep doing this until you have moved all of the neck stitches off the left needle.

  7. 7

    Pull the needle out of the last stitch and pass the yarn end through it. Tie the yarn off with a knot to secure the stitch under the shoulder.

Tips and warnings

  • You can experiment with different casting off methods once you are comfortable with the basic casting process.
  • Don't leave your knitting mid-casting off or you may unravel the work and lose a lot of your stitches.

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