Monday, July 14, 2014

More Tips For Better Button Bands Part 4

There are a few more types of bands that I'd like to review. These forms are being used less frequently, however I feel that knowing as many techniques as possible allows knitters to have more choices.

Double Bands

To use stocking stitch as a double band, pick up and knit the stitches out to the desired depth, work a turning row of purl stitches and then knit either the same number of rows or one more or one less row to fold under and sew in place. It is best to determine the number of rows required on the underside, while working on the garment as the inner section can be knit in a different colour or lighter weight yarn to reduce bulk. Buttonholes need to be worked on both layers and they must line up. To work on inner curved edges, stitches need to be decreased on the outside of the band and then decreased on the inside of the band. Corners will need mitres. This could be a good option for hiding edges when working with multi-yarn projects.

Bias Bands

This type of band works like bias tape does in dressmaking. It wraps around edges to finish them and is sewn into place.It also can work to cover yarn ends. Bias bands are created by decreasing stitches on one side of the band an increasing on the other side.

Separate Bands (Join as You Knit)
Worked vertically, this type of band is joined by knitting the last stitch with a loop or stitch from the edge of the main knitting. Loops can be picked up in advance on a long circular needle or one at a time as they are required. For many knitters the better method is to use a separate strand of yarn and pickup a row of stitches in the same manner as explained in the picked up bands section. Keeping track of required ratios is easier if all of the pickups are done in advance. The ratio will correspond to the row gauge of the band stitch This band can start at the bottom edge of the knitting or be worked on stitches that were held in reserve on a holder after the bottom band was completed.

Separate Bands (Sewn On)

Work a band vertically in a non-curling stitch. Sew the band on, stretching it slightly. Consider leaving spaces in the seam to create buttonholes or work the preferred style of buttonhole in the band. The band should be steam blocked before sewing in the ends to be sure that the results are satisfactory.

Extra tip: experiment with slipping the first stitch on the edge of the garment and on the band edge that will be seamed together. 

Parts 1, 2, 3 and 5 are here.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 5

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