Lazy Tips for Sewing Knits was one of my first blog series, and still one of my favourite! A lot of the slapdash-but-fucntional tips I recommended in 2013 are still my favourites today, so I thought I’d update the posts with a new format, including video!
You can find my whole list of Lazy Tips in the header above, including some tips for fixing knits if they don’t turn out right the first time. (Because we’ve all been there, right?) Today we are starting with one of my favourites: how to find the right length for a jersey neckband!
Here’s a link to my original text version, if you prefer, including this handy diagram:
Now, shall we see how this works in video?
(Yes, the quality is rough, my hand is shaky… this was just a fun idea on the fly! If you like video tips though, I’ll try to do better next time. And maybe I won’t wear my ancient pink polkadot bathrobe while I film!)
And here is the finished top: Another Cashmerette Cedar top with added sleeves! In this rayon knit, the whole thing turned out at least a size larger than it did in the poly rayon blend I used last time. I also added 1″ in length, which was probably not necessary!
I’d love to hear your strategies for sewing knit neckbands – there are lots of methods, and I think the trick is finding one you like and practicing! This is the method I use on any knit project you’ve ever seen me blog – and when in doubt, I do have a post on how to save your project if the neckband goes horribly wrong!)