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Adding Knitted Elements to Your Garments

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I am notorious for not having enough fabric for a project. Sometimes, I fall in love with a remnant despite knowing it is skimpy in the yardage department. Other times, the fabric’s price tag is hefty so I skimp on the yardage on purpose. Whatever way it happens, I often end up with a gorgeous length of fabric that is not enough. One of my favorite ways to stretch the yardage is to add knitted elements to the design. This is particularly effective with chunky, textured wool fabrics.

I like adding hand-knitted sleeves and collars because they are fairly easy to translate into a knitting pattern from a flat pattern piece and are comfortable to wear in the finished garment.

First, I find yarn that, when knitted, will create a fabric that’s approximately the same weight as the fashion fabric I’m working with. This usually takes several samples on…

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