(and Less Anxiety — hurray!)
I have been cranking out the fabric, with the aid of audiobooks and podcasts to keep me going and not watching the clock.
The armhole shaping was interesting. I kept close tabs on exactly where and when I made each decrease, so that the pattern write-up will be accurate, updating the computer file and marking on my hard-copy as I went. (The paper seems more “real” to me. . . .)
I’m about to reach another decision point, and I would appreciate your input.
Neck-back shaping. To work it straight or modify the slope/opening.
(A) The slip-stitch pattern has such strong horizontal lines, any stair-steps (especially how they don’t *exactly* match left-to-right!) will stand out, leaving me with doing short-rows if I want to raise the neck.
(B) I can drop the center section by binding it off one pattern-rep sooner.
Or I can do both. Or neither. (That latter is by far the easiest option.)
Here are sketches to illustrate my options, as I currently see them.
The thicker green lines are where I think I might insert a pair of short-rows. At first, I thought I’d add cream, making one rank of boxes taller, but then I decided the green option would be less obtrusive. Q: Would I need to add rows on the front shoulders as well, to have the front and back meet evenly? That would be visually distracting — and right near the face — blech!
Q: Might the straight dropped-center make the shoulders sit better than if they were fully straight across?
Here’s the main question/ what I especially wish I knew: Q: How do each of these options affect FIT? (This is a vest for a child, but even kids have necks that sit to the front of center, and they individually do/don’t have shoulder slope.) FIT is the only reason that I’m considering modifying the simple, straight shape.
I don’t think I’ll have time to experiment, and probably need to just Decide and Go. Hopefully, there will be other garments in which to try out other combinations. . . .
INPUT: What has been *your* experience with making and with wearing these different kinds of neck/shoulder treatment? Thank you for taking the time to think on this and respond in the Comments! 🙂