So I recently finished knitting my Sonnet cardigan, which I’ve been working on (off and on) for about three years. Sewed up the seams.
The neck is too big.
Crocheted a lovely shell around the hem and the side that will lie on top when it’s buttoned, and a row of single crochet skipping every third stitch to finish and slightly tighten the neckline.
It needs more than slight tightening.
I tried adding some rows of double crochet with three decreases in each corner of the square neckline, but it was still floppy and the decreases didn’t lie nicely.
I’ve ripped back to that one row of single crochet and thinking about what to do next.
Meanwhile, I put it on, pinning it with a stitch holder, because I was cold. And after dinner I experimented with the stitch holder pinning in different places and look: (Please excuse the mismatched pajamas.)
Here it is pinned where it should close:
And here I overlapped the fronts so that the corners matched:
Doesn’t it look better like that? Not just at the neckline, but overall. It does make the back neckline gap a tiny bit, but a little more crochet ought to fix that. And since the sweater is knit sideways, it wouldn’t be too terrible to unravel each side about two or three inches. I’d just have to redo the buttonholes, but I might want more than five buttons anyway. I’d also have to rip out and redo all that shell stitch crochet edging, but if the end result is better, it would be worth it.