That Zipper....

As I hinted about in my last post, I have decided on a zipper closure for the Softwist Cardigan.

Zipperstop (Beware, the site opens with loud music.  Last time it was "New York, New York") sells custom-length YKK zippers in an assortment of colors.  When I mentioned Zipperstop in a previous post, Knitsmith Terri volunteered that she owned the YKK colorcard, and offered to lend it to me.

Ykk

Aren't the Knitsmiths great?  With the colorcard in my hands, I could confidently select a zipper color in a low-contrast hue that would finish off the cardigan perfectly!

Lowcontrast

Never mind that I have never installed a zipper before.  As one of the responders to the knitting meme (for which I have been tagged, and I'll get to it soon) wrote, the most important skill for a knitter is bravery.  I couldn't agree more!

Just because I am bravely forging ahead doesn't mean that I'm without help.  I have Bonne Marie's excellent zipper tutorial to get me started.

 

Oooh, I have to remember that Terri has that card, next time I need to match up some odd yarn colors :)

Great tutorial - I used it too. And remember, if it doesn't work out, you can always just drop it off at a tailor and they'll do a great job usually for under $15.

So which are you going for? 899 or 914? There are so many great options!

Thanks for the zipper tutorial link. I've put one in before, but I have another that will be coming up soon that I actually want to look good!

Way back several months ago, Fluffa had a post about sewing in zippers by knitting a band of "facing," sewing the zippers to THAT, and then sewing that, knitting-to-knitting to the actual sweater. The facing hides the ugly back of the zipper, and if you need to tear it out, you're not risking damaging the actual sweater, just an extra, knitted strip. I'll see if I can find that entry for you, but it seemed pretty brilliant to me! (Having torn not one, but two zippers out of my green cabled jacket now, believe me, I value the possibility of not having the zipper sewn directly to the front of the sweater.)

Too true on the Bravery... but also patience. ;)

Good luck with the zipper - the color is perfect!

I'm backing the tailor idea - am about to drop Zoe's little cardigan off this week for a professional zipper installment. After all, I'm a KNITTER not a SEWER... too many little details.

I'm backing the tailor idea - am about to drop Zoe's little cardigan off this week for a professional zipper installment. After all, I'm a KNITTER not a SEWER... too many little details.

I wish I had had that zipper site when I was looking for one for the ribby. Good hint. And the zipper, persistance and I think you almost have to insert it first by hand. Somehow, knitting and zips weren't meant for a smooth partnership.

 

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