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very open weave knit fabric

nettie | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I saw a lovely crochet type, very open weave fabric from Canvasbacks at Sawyerbrook that I would love to use but I’m unsure how to sew it.  Sawyerbrook is suggesting a cardigan which is fine but I still have questions.  The shoulder seams obviously would have to be stabilized as in all knits.  Would love to hear from someone who has used this type of fabric.   Also would I be better off to eliminate the shoulder seam in a garment rather than stabilizing?  All advice would be appreciated.



  1. starzoe | | #1

    A loosely knit fabric has a tendency to slip off the shoulders, so I would suggest stabilizing it. Use tape or ribbon the length of the shoulder seam and incorporate it in the original stitching.As a knitter I have sometimes had to run a tape along the shoulder, around on the back neckline and down the other shoulder. It does work very well.Another technique that might help, depending on the fabric, is to use flat fell seams on the shoulder. Make a sample of this first on your fabric and see if it works.

    1. nettie | | #2

      Thanks.  Appreciate your input.  I know about stabilizing the shoulders but didn't think about the neck.  If you have a few minutes take a look at Sawyerbrook.com at a fabric called Tulip Pink Lace , #80310, and you will see my dilemma.  It's expensive fabric and I want to be sure of method before I cut into it.   Sawyerbrook is recommending a cardigan and I like that idea.  Please let me know what you think.

      1. starzoe | | #3

        It's a beautiful colour for sure and would make a nice cardigan. It looks pretty stable, I would try the flat fell seam on the shoulders and maybe on the sides as well. You will have to play with the fabric just to make sure that the flat fell seam doesn't bulk it up too much.You will also have to think about facings, if any. With such a loose weave, I would think a bias binding on the front, around the neck and on the sleeve hem would be a nice touch. You don't want facings to show through the flowers. A cotton would be perfect, maybe with a tiny pattern to go with the pink. Wash both before you begin.

  2. katina | | #4


    I believe this is a raschel knit. Connie Long's book (Taunton)http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1561583111/ref=sip_pdp_dp_0 

    has info on working with this type of knit. As I recall, Sandra Betzina's "Fabric Savvy" also does.

    Good luck.


    1. nettie | | #5

      Thanks.  Will check it out.

      1. katina | | #6

        You're welcome - it's a gorgeous fabric.


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