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No Sew Zipper Workshop with Ann Weaver

September 22 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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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.

Skills needed: Picking up stitches

Techniques covered: Picking up stitches on a zipper using a Knit Picker; joining zipper stitches to the edge of a project

Materials needed:

  • 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.
  • Two circular needles, any length, Size 6 or 7
  • 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!

Optional materials: 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. Customizing the length is only $1 extra!

Homework: 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 sees knitting patterns in container ships, Tom Waits lyrics, Moby-Dick, classic cocktails, and the work of artists like Josef Albers and Mark Rothko. When she is not traveling to teach knitting workshops, Ann lives in Baltimore, where she works as a freelance editor and writer. You can follow Ann on Instagram and find her designs Ravelry, where her username is weaverknits.