kids necklines for machine knitting

When knitting pullover sweaters for babies and kids, it’s important to make sure the neck opening will fit over the head.  Looking at sizing charts, 3 month heads are 15″. Neck openings are 4.5″.  Yes, knitting stretches, but leaving one shoulder open is the answer for a sweater that will be worn.

Knitters have 2 choices:

neckline finished for kids sweaters

  • Knit the front and back pieces as instructed
  • Join the right shoulder
  • Knit and attach the neck band per the pattern
  • On the left back shoulder pick up stitches and knit a band. Knit in ribbing and bind off or knit a doubled band, fold over and secure.
  • On the left front shoulder work the same style of band, adding buttonholes

neckbands for child's pullover

  • Knit the front and back pieces as instructed, removing the left shoulders on waste yarn.
  • Join the right shoulder
  • re-hang the left back shoulder stitches and knit in ribbing or a doubled band
  • re-hang the left front shoulder stitches and work the same style of band, adding buttonholes
  • Pick up the neck band, including the edge of the shoulder bands and work as directed in your pattern.