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Neckline Binding for Knits

A method for jewel necks and v-necks

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One of my favorite garments to make is a knit T-shirt, and I have a few TNT (tried-and-true) patterns I rely on. There are many ways to finish the neckline. I’ll show you the bound method. You’ll construct your garment as suggested in your pattern guide sheet and finish the neckline afterward.

The technique to bind the neckline of a knit top is similar to a Hong Kong finished seam (Also see Pamela’s “Hong Kong Lining Technique” post).

Two sample tops from my wardrobe have different finishes. The printed knit top has a neckband sewn onto it. The second, striped top has a neck binding. For these finishes, keep in mind that you are using fabrics that stretch.

Knit top with neckband


1. For lightweight fabrics and for striped fabrics, cut the binding 1 1/2 inches wide on the cross-grain or bias. For heavy fabrics, cut the binding about 2…

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  1. user-7041052 | | #1

    Thanks for the very clear instructions for binding a knit jewel neckline. Would applying a wider binding work the same way for a lower neckline to cover surgery scars without gaping?

  2. Grandma2six | | #2

    I appreciate an article for binding knit necklines, but the images for the v-neck don't really follow the explanation. Since v-necks are quite popular, it would be more helpful to have a video seeing the process instead of images that don't.

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    pamhoward | | #3

    Hi user-7041052
    You may want to raise a lower neckline first to cover surgery scars if needed. You could then use this method with a wider seam allowance to be able to wrap the binding around for this method. Using a knit with great recovery helps to keep the binding from gaping. Best of luck!

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    pamhoward | | #4

    Hi Grandma2six,
    You would use the same steps as in the crew neck binding. The only difference will be that the excess at the “V” is stitched to form the shape in the front. So sorry for any steps that we’re not included for the variation.

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