Last night I finished up the collar. The stitch pick up was pretty easy, although I always have issues getting the right number when I have to pick up so many (216). I usually end up with more stitches than I need so I did some decreases (k2tog and p2tog) while I was working the first row. The pattern calls for continuing in a twisted rib for another 6 rows after completing the diamond motif, but I thought it looked better without those extra rows so I cast off after finishing row 19 (on row 20). I did not cast off in pattern, I just did a knitted cast off. I find that it gives a cleaner edge for necklines. Now I will pick stitches around the armholes and work the sleeves from the top down.
Pattern: Design 1835 from Moments No. 005
Yarn: SMC Select Extra Soft Merino Fino in Malachite
Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm)