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Old 07-03-2007, 11:16 PM   #1
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Closures on knitted sweaters
I know you can put in zippers or buttonholes, but can you do snaps on knitted sweaters? What about velcro?
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Old 07-03-2007, 11:29 PM   #2
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I don't see why not.
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Old 07-04-2007, 02:17 AM   #3
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I didn't put button holes on a sweater (baby) because it was supposed to have ties, but it looks boyish so the ties don't seem right somehow. Velcro seems good, but then I wonder if it would stick to the knitted fabric which would not be good and DH brought up the thought that kids tend to yank on their sweaters when they want them off so snaps might damage the fabric. Ugh..
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Old 07-04-2007, 10:15 AM   #4
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Jan..would a form of bobble on one side and a loop (Icord style) on the other work? It would be easy to undo. I think velcro may tend to catch on a baby item..unsure tho...
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Old 07-04-2007, 10:20 AM   #5
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I was just looking at some patterns..general not babies..and people do talk about using velcro instead of snaps etc. I guess it would be workable if the yarn you've used it not supersoft and delicate..umm..I know..it's a babies item Well, if the mum is sensible velcro should be fine and the mum might rejoice in how quick it is!
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Old 07-04-2007, 10:21 AM   #6
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I just thought..this is for a little girl isn't it I gather..I recall somehow in the completed items forum having used ribbons as ties and they looked lovely..
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Mayve even hooks and eyes?
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Snaps work fine, especially if you sew a small piece of woven fabric on the inside of the sweater underneath each snap to keep it from pulling out. For a really nice finish, sew strips of grosgrain ribbon along the inside edges before attaching snaps.

I don't know if they still make it, but I used to use something called "snap tape" for sewing bed skirts, pillow tops and similar home deco items. It's a strip of ribbon with snaps attached to it at regular intervals. You just sew on the strip and the snaps are automatically in place.

I've tried Velcro on a handknit sweater and was really unhappy with it. It not only grabbed onto the fabric but it looked thick, ugly and lumpy. And this was a bulky adult sweater. IMO it would be worse on a baby item.

The idea of a bobble and loop is nice......
Nicki Epstein's "Knitted Embellishments" has a section on closures made with i-cord. You'll probably find some good ideas there.
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I think with babies it MAY always be best not to use elements that could fall off and be swallowed. I know it will be less of an issue with newborns but washing, siblings and so on..you never know..
But..a hook and eye would work ok I believe

knitasha's snaps idea sounds like it has merit tho
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Thanks for the ideas! I'm not sure what I'll end up doing, but the snap ribbon or grosgrain ribbon sounds interesting. I'll post the FO when I'm done.
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