In this workshop, led by local knitwear designer Ann Weaver, you’ll learn everything you need to know to install zippers into sweaters by installing a 6-inch zipper to join two swatches — with NO SEWING!
We’ll use a Knit Picker tool to pick up stitches along our zippers and join these zippers to our knitting.
Picking up stitches
Picking up stitches on a zipper using a Knit Picker; joining zipper stitches to the edge of a project
- Fingering weight yarn in any color for picking up stitches along the zipper. I recommend a strong, plied, wool sock yarn in a light color.
- Worsted weight yarn (the yarn used for the swatches or another color)
- Ruler at least 6 inches long
- Fine-point gel pen or marker
- I’ll provide Knit Picker tools, zippers, ribbon, and thread!
If you have a sweater in which you’d like to install a zipper, feel free to bring it and an appropriate zipper. Choose a separating zipper in the size closest to the length of your front edging; choose the size under the actual length. Even better, you can order a customized zipper from Zipperstop: http://www.zipperstop.com. Customizing the length is only $1 extra!
Knit two Stockinette stitch swatches, approximately 6 inches by 6 inches, in worsted weight yarn. I recommend using a light color. Wet block them, pinning the edges flat to prevent rolling.
About Ann Weaver
Ann Weaver has created things her whole life. She learned to knit when she was seven, learned to read a pattern at 22, and started sharing her designs though various forms of publication in 2007.
Since graduating from New York University with majors in Art and English, Ann has worked as a deli associate, Harvard graduate student in Assyriology, Macy’s cosmetics counter manager, teaching fellow, assistant curator, state bureaucrat, temp, Akkadian instructor, medical secretary, assistant office manager, barback, commercial bread baker, and copy editor, among other things. She is always looking for a new adventure.
Ann’s design work reflects this quest for adventure; while retaining a clean, wearable aesthetic, Weaverknits designs experiment with asymmetry, unusual color and yarn combinations, and androgyny. In the past three years, Ann’s designs have been featured in online and print magazines and books like knitty.com, Interweave Knits
, and Brave New Knits
, and are also available as individual patterns. Craft Work Knit
is her first self-published collection of patterns, inspired by 1970s punk style, Josef Albers, athletic uniforms, and, of course, her family, friends, and the practical garments she wears to work every day.