We need to talk.
Let's take a few moments to plan exactly what will happen with regards to Madeleine's modified collar. Where do I place the split? How long should it be? How do I shape the neck opening? How many rows do I have for the neck shaping?
Lots of questions, but fortunately the answers are rather easy. Essentially, I can place the collar split anywhere I please. I don't want it to be too low. One "revealing" aspect per garment is sufficient. A curve-hugging shape, combined with a low neckline equals one thing: trashy.
Using the necklines in 1000 Sweaters as my guide, I discovered that the collar split began about 2.25 inches above the armhole bind offs. Perfect! Then, upon reading further, I discover that the collar split is about 3.25 inches long. I need to acheive the collar length plus the neck shaping in the same amount of space as the armhole height. So, that's 7.5 inches. I've already used 5.5 inches of it (2.25 inches above the armhole, plus the 3.25 inches for the collar length). That leaves me with two inches for the neck shaping.
The neck shaping in 1000 Sweaters begins with a series of bound-off stitches, and then continues with decreases every other row. Okay, I can do that. In two inches of knitting, I must get rid of half of the 42 neckline stitches (21) to give me 25 shoulder stitches.
At 7.5 rows per inch, two inches equal 15 rows of knitting. Let me make this easy for myself. I'll bind off 13 of the 21 stitches in the first row, leaving me with eight. Then in the next two rows I'll decrease by one, leaving me with six stitches to be decreased over 12 rows.
Three more rows for shortrow shoulder shaping, and I am done.
Whew! I'm glad we talked about this :-).