My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Put Some Zip In It

The winner of a copy of KNITLESS: 50 No-Knit, Stash-Busting Yarn Projects, by Laura McFadden, generously provided by the publisher, is Maggie B., who has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment to be entered in the giveaway.

Yesterday I finished the cardigan/jacket that I have been working on. As I had mentioned, I inserted a two-way separating zipper in the front rather than do buttons and buttonholes.

When I completed the deep ribbed front bands, I bound them off with an i-cord bind-off to give a nice smooth edge. I then pinned the zipper in place.


Here’s a closer look:


Then I basted the zipper in place using ordinary sewing thread and a long running stitch. I then separated the zipper. Here it is on the inside:


And the outside:


Next, I used some fingering weight wool to sew the zipper in place permanently. This is a pretty close match:


On the inside, I sewed down the edge of the zipper tape to the inside of the sweater, being careful to catch only the back-side of the cardi so it won’t show on the right side.


Then on the right side, I sewed close to the zipper teeth, through the i-cord edging.


I removed the basting and there you have it, a finished cardi.


And the back:


And this is what Loki was doing throughout the process:



  1. What a great photo tutorial of how you put that zipper in! It’s a beautiful cardigan in my all time favourite colour and I’m sure that it will see a ton of wear and love.
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  2. Thank you for showing the whole process of sewing in that zipper. Very interesting. I guess I wouldn’t have thought to use wool to sew it in but it sure makes sense….and looks amazing.

  3. Lovely design, and such a wonderfully warm and versatile cardigan. Your step-by-step outline makes adding a zipper seem very do-able. Thanks!
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  4. This is the best tutorial on putting a zipper into a knit garment that I’ve ever read. Having a photo illustration of each step helps immensely. Thank you so much for this!
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  5. Midnite Baker says:

    Warm cozy sweater, good for all the fall days coming up soon. Enjoyed the zipper tutorial. And, of course, Loki needs a belly rub. M

  6. What a beautiful cardigan you knitted. I so appreciate your long detailed instructions with photos on how to put in the zipper. Thank you so much!

  7. Very pretty! I also appreciate the helpful zipper tutorial.
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  8. Such skill. I have no patience for buttons or zippers. Both just make me cry. Drags.
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  9. Beautiful!

  10. Beautiful sweater, you are a very fast knitter!! Thank you for the great zipper pictorial, I think I could do this on my own with your great pictures and descriptions.
    Loki is, as always, so darn cute!

  11. Lynne in Florida says:

    Fabulous sweater! May it cuddle you for many years.

  12. wow, even more beautiful than your always wonderful work!

  13. It is beautiful Wendy.

  14. Thank you for this tutorial. It looks like the clearest I have seen.