I frogged my top-down sweater Saturday, Simply Saturday - Back to The Drawing Board, deciding I had created too big a neck hole. This is the second time, the first time it was too small, actually probably a close fit, more traditional looking crew neck size. But I want a little looser neck with a bit of a rounded scoop front.
It's a Sweater KAL I've been working on that you learn to create your own pattern, Improv - Fringe Association. From choosing the needles and gauge to the cast on counts, everything is in your hands. So between my first cast on and my second there are only a handful of stitches.
So hopefully by adjusting to a stitch count right in between the two I'll get it perfect. Originally I had 30 stitches for the back and I increased to 34 for the second time. So if I want an even number that leaves 32 for my third try. I'm getting rid of the double row of stitches I had on the raglan, which uses 1 extra stitch at each raglan edge. So that's 4 less stitches, a little more than an inch with a 3.75 stitches per inch gauge. My shoulder seems seemed good, so they're staying at 11. I'm thinking I still want a loose sweater.
Another issue was, I dipped too low in front, so I'll be watching that. You cast on every four rows a stitch on each front, if I kept going I'd get a V-neck. What I want is a moderate scoop neck. What I did get the second time around was a deep dip, so maybe half of what I did on this third, and hopefully last try.
Check out the Fringe's blog- Fringe Association - Top-Down Knitalong — Fall 2016 for great tutorials on how to design your own sweater without a pattern.