Wow, you guys rock! I asked for advice and both regular commenters and lurkers stepped up to the plate. I started out trying to answer each comment individually, but gave up. So, thank all of you for your comments – I read each and every one and mulled them over. The advice pretty much split both ways, although no one actually said they loved the rolled neckline (I think the term “wonky” was bandied about). Several people commented that the neckline needed to be large enough to go over a child’s proportionally ginormous head – and they are correct. Reading all the comments, it came to me that the size of the neckline was just fine, so I left the number of stitches be. But I ripped out the rolled part and put in a shorter, ribbed neck finish. Voila! Problem solved:
The neckline is essentially the same size, but doesn’t flare out in a “wonky” way. Thanks for all the comments and suggestions! Oh, the specs (I always forget those). Pattern: Snakes and Ladders Gansey from Beth Brown-Reinsel’s excellent book. Yarn: KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in Blue Bonnet (about 5 1/2 skeins). Size 4 needle.
Now I’m off to study statistics for a couple of hours and then my reward: Casting on for another CIC gansey – a heart design in bright red!