Neckline Binding for KnitsA method for jewel necks and V-necks
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.
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.
Bind a jewel neck
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 inches wide. Any excess width can be removed. Measure the circumference of the neckline, and cut the binding 2 inches longer for insurance. It’s better to err on the side of having a strip that’s too long than what you will need instead of too short.
2. If the garment is cut on the fold, make a snip at the top neckline to mark the centers back and front. Starting at the center-back neck, make a fold in the binding end and pin in place.
3. Slightly stretch the binding to create tension on it and place a pin to hold it. Continue this same technique every 3/4 inch to 1 inch and place a pin to hold the binding. Keep going until you get around the neck edge and back to where you started.
Cross over the original fold in the binding and cut off the excess binding fabric. Notice that on the…