Shaping the shoulders

Often the shoulder shaping begins while the neckline is still being worked (your pattern says "at the same time" if this is the case). At this point, get out the graph paper again. It's helpful to chart the neckline shaping stitch by stitch, especially if the shoulders are shaped as well, because the chart makes clear what you should be doing and when.

Here's a set of example instructions for front neck and shoulder shaping:

Next row (RS): Work 27 sts, join second ball of yarn and bind off center 15 sts, work to end. Working both sides at once, bind off from each neck edge 3 sts once, 2 sts twice, then dec 1 st every other row twice. AT SAME TIME when piece measures same length as back to shoulder, shape shoulder as for back.

Because the back shoulder shaping instructions were "Bind off 9 sts at beg of next 6 rows," you do the same for the front shoulder shaping. Figure 15-1 shows this pattern charted.

Note: When you begin shoulder shaping while still working the neckline, you shape the right and left sides of your piece on different rows. Your shaping is symmetrical but off by one row. You can see this by checking the bind-offs at either side of the center front neck edge.

^^^^^^ Where back shoulder bind offs begin

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