Inserting Zippers into Knitted Garments

Zippers and handknitting are famously bad playmates: the zipper puckers; sewing it in is nerve-wracking; the teeth buckle once zipped. There must be a better way! Indeed there is. In the Winter 2010 issue of Interweave Knits, the always-inventive TECHknitter introduced us to a clever new method for bridging the gap by turning the zipper into a knitable object.

Ideas for attaching your zipper once it’s been “yarnified”:

  • — Bind off live loops and seam the tape to the front edges of your garment;

    — Work an attached I-cord using the zipper loops and garment edge loops as a base;

    — Use a three-needle bind-off with the zipper loops and garment edge loops;

    — Pick up new stitches, pulling each through both the garment edge and a single chained loop. Bind off right away or continue to work a band or other edging.

    — Chain loops on a zipper tape first and attach as you work the garment in the manner of a knitted-on edging.

For more information on this neat little technique, pick up a copy of Interweave Knits Winter 2010 and turn to “Beyond the Basics: The X, Y, and Z of Zippers.” And keep an eye on TECHknitter‘s blog for more ideas and information.

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–Eunny Jang, editor, Interweave Knits

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