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collars and cuffs

sewphaedra | Posted in Knitting and Crochet on

I’ve been thinking of knitting and attaching collars and cuffs to a sewn blouse. Not sure about the details, but I was thinking along the lines of knitting my own ribbing, basically, for a knit T-shirt or polo shirt. Has anyone done this? Anything I should know?

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  1. rjf | | #1

    I think the hard part about knitting your own ribbing for T-shirts would be to find a suitable thread to knit.  What's easy to knit might be too coarse for t-shirt material.  Knitting for something in wool flannel or fleece might be easier.  Interesting design possibilities.         rjf

    1. Jean | | #2

      Years (and years) ago I was given some suede leather and was challenged to make something with it.  I found matching color yarn and  made vests.  The front was suede and the back and trim on the front was knit. They were stunning. Wish I had photos of them now.

      1. rjf | | #4

        That sounds terrific!  What color was it?  We had a leather tannery in the town next door and we could buy pieces.  My oldest daughter got PURPLE.  We never could figure out what to do with it.  A little too heavy for clothing, a little too big for a bag, but we certainly admired it everytime we went into the attic.  I should send it to her for her kids to play with.                                               rjf

        1. Jean | | #5

          I made several--one an olivy green, another was salmon and another black. IIRC. It was a fun project.

          1. rjf | | #6

            I saw you got a message from Mark about the way things work.  How long has this forum been going?  I think I joined right after they changed to Prospero so that's the only system I know but from the messages at that time, a few people weren't too happy.  It's interesting that people who are into sewing, knitting, etc. seem to be very good at computers also.  It doesn't seem like the same kind of thinking at all.                    rjf

          2. Jean | | #7

            I found Taunton's forums soon after I got my first computer back in the  spring of '98.  I don't know how long they had been  running before that--not very long I think.  In order to sew on todays   machines  you have to love gadgets, don't you think?

          3. rjf | | #8

            Oh dear.  What little sewing I do these days is on a nicely-broken-in 40-year-old Singer (gear-driven).  But gee, it zig-zags and does a few embroidery things and it hardly ever breaks down.  In the same vein, I still put in regular zippers rather than those invisible ones because the zipper foot is my friend.  That needle-up thing is a temptation however.  I guess it depends on where you started.  People learning to sew today do have to love gadgets, I agree, based on the new machines I've seen.  There's lots more choice in notions and interfacings and closures......if you can find a good store.                                   rjf

    2. sewphaedra | | #3

      I've got some suitable fingering yarn, but last night I started wondering about pre-shrinking. My yarn is cotton, so I assume it would shrink in the laundry. I guess I should try it and see.

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