Do you love the detail that a zipper lends to a garment as much as designer Deborah Newton does? The glint of metal zipper teeth, the sporty comfort of a sweater that zips up easily and quickly? But have you been hesitant to apply a zipper to a knitted garment? Deborah will share her simple and unique step-by-step technique, and you will be sewing zippers into your sweaters in no time, even if you have never done it before. You’ll also explore fun ways to join pieces of sweaters with zippers, adding a fabulous detail that makes even the simplest sweater a special one-of-a-kind piece. Learn how to apply both vertical and horizontal zippers for sweater fronts, joining pieces, making pockets, bags, and more.
Make TWO identical swatches as follows: With worsted-weight yarn and size 7 OR 8 needle (one that makes a fabric that you like—not too firm, with a nice drape!) cast on 26 sts. Next row (RS row): k1 (keep this edge st in Stockinette St: k RS, p WS), work textured pattern (see below) over 24 sts, place marker, k1 (keep this edge st in Stockinette St). Work even as established until your swatch is approximately 6". Bind off. Textured pattern: Multiple of 4 sts. Rows 1 and 2: *k2, p2; rep from *. Rows 3 and 4: *p2, k2; rep from *. Repeat rows 1–4.
Worsted weight yarn in two coordinating colors, one ball each. Sizes 5, 6, 7 and 8 needles. Handsewing thread in a light color. Handsewing needle.