Call off the hounds! The answer has been found and I've solved my neckline dilemma. Sunday morning I woke up and thought, "Oh, I know exactly how to do this." and wrote it down. It's a relatively common technique for problem solving. Write down the problem, do something else or sleep on it, and your brain will quietly work on the problem for you. I'm not sure why this is. Is it that both halves can only work together when no one is looking?
I'm sorry to do that to my blog readers, but I've noticed that I'm not alone. Many times I'll read a blog post that describes some knitterly problem, leave my suggestion (or sometimes just a "gee, that's a tough one"), only to find in the next post that the problem has been solved. And usually with something truly clever.
Me, I'm not clever. It was an obvious solution that worked with the fact that using a neck steek means I'm knitting in the round. I put one extra stitch on the holders on each side, then I'm decreasing a stitch on each side every round for 4 rounds, then every other round for 3. It's pretty close to the original slope, and it might look nicer since it eliminates the stair stepping of the cast off. Of course I'll post a picture when I'm done.
And speaking of done:
It took me one weekend and I like it! Maia, I felt almost guilty cutting up your handspun for a fringe. But I love the marled fluffiness of it and it makes the scarf look a little longer. I have lace scarves, and funky scarves, but no soft, warm scarves. This one just hits the spot. Thanks Maia!
Have a good Monday everyone.