Saturday, January 25, 2020

turtleneck with a twist

in which our plucky heroine does some clever alteration...

though "love is not love which alters when it alteration finds", it seemed needful to change up the neckline of my striped hemp knit top, as I kept wishing that I'd originally made it with a turtleneck. But instead, I had made a rounded slightly scooped bound neckline, a bit too low for simply replacing the binding with a straight and wider band. Instead, remembering a Marcy Tilton neckband I read about ages ago, I decided to try making a twisted band.

Fortunately I still had some scraps of the hemp jersey from three years ago, and after measuring the neck opening, I cut a bias strip that length (plus a quarter inch seam allowance) and about eight inches wide. After seaming the short end making it into a tube, I folded the length in half, right sides on the outside, but then instead of simply pinning it evenly closed, I shifted the center back seamline offset about three inches from one another, and then carefully basted the edges together, maintaining the offset all the way around.

Were I to be doing this as part of new construction, I could then simply use the normal technique to attach the neckband, marking the quarters and the cross quarters on each, and then serging them in place. Instead, since the neckline was already finished with a narrow band, I used hand stitching "Alabama Chanin" style to stitch the new neckband to the older knit top. Sometimes I feel like I have more control using hand stitching.

The revised stripey top will be a little bit warmer to wear in the wintertime, which was my goal, as well as trying out a new-to-me technique, which worked successfully!

January SMART goals (x=extra)
1 card for Bera better light in workroombag to Goodwill
2 Awesome Sauceimprove dotted necklinepaper recycling
3 horses blousebutton replaced bag to Goodwill
4 Wanda ring
attach bench pin bag to Goodwill
5 charter #1new turtleneck neckline -
6 Barbara mitts x
7 wool capelet x
8 x x x
9 x
x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

today's gratitude - I have a washing machine, which means that I needn't spend a huge chunk of time every week dedicated to laundry, and can, instead, fit it in amongst other tasks and travail...


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    1. Thanks! I am more pleased with it than I expected to be, and plan on using it on my next knit top project...

  2. Love the idea of the twist, and the stripes make it even more interesting.

    1. the twist really makes the turtleneck more cozy, and stripes have become one of my favorite textile patterns. I wish it wasn't so difficult to find narrow woven in or knitted in striped textiles, I'm always keeping my eyes open for ones in my colorways and in mostly natural fibers (a bit of spandex is okay, but no polyester)