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Combining fabric and knitting in one garment?
I have ideas but don't know how
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Date: 8/26/10 10:12 AM

I have just learned to knit from videos on the web and books explaining how to read patterns. I really enjoy it, but I also like to sew. In my head, I have ideas for things like shirts with fabric bodies and knitted lace arms, trims, plackets, etc. Since I am a beginner, I'm not sure how to accomplish this, and I really haven't seen a pattern or picture of what's in my mind's eye, although I'm sure there are some out there.

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Date: 8/26/10 10:59 AM

I can't answer your question, but maybe if you wander around in enough stores you'll see some examples of fabric and knitting combined. Then you could look at how that was done to help you refine your ideas.

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Date: 8/26/10 1:12 PM

Hi! Susan Lazear of Cochenille has computer software for knitting & sewn garments. She is big into combining the two mediums. The Cochenille web-site(cochenille.com) should be of interest to you. Good luck!

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Date: 8/26/10 2:58 PM

Thanks for this info! I am headed to check it out.....

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Date: 8/26/10 3:01 PM

Here is a link to the page on which Susan discusses in some detail how to combine media, which fabrics and yarn go well together, and so on.

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Date: 8/27/10 11:52 AM

I'm glad you found it helpful!

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Date: 8/27/10 3:58 PM

Chelsy, I think you found the only site out there with much information at all about combining knitting and sewing!

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Date: 8/28/10 1:31 PM

I met Susan Lazear @ the ASG conference in Portland in 2003. I have taken several classes from her over the years & I get email updates from time to time from her web-site. She is very inspirational!

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Date: 8/29/10 1:44 PM

It is probably is even more adaptable to combine crocheting with sewing. You can crochet many applications directly onto fabric (unlike with knitting). For example you can crochet an edging directly to linens or garments. Or you can crochet (or knit) lace inserts, collars, cuffs, borders to sew onto a garments. The possibilities are endless.

This is a RTW jacket I purchased several years ago which I just love. It is squares of very soft suede crocheted together. (The picture doesn't really do it justice). This inspires me to try and do something similar but I haven't gotten around to it yet. But it can give you an idea of how these can be combined.

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Date: 8/31/10 12:07 PM

It is fairly easy and very common in vintage clothing items. Think those lacy, white 1900's gowns. Something simpler would be like this:

http://www.freepeople.com/Vintage-Crocheted-Yoke-Top/?cm_mmc=GoogleFeed-_-MerchantCenter-_-19181171-_-1

What this actually is, is a crocheted yoke for an undergarment. Fabric would be sewn to the lower edge in either a waist length for a corset cover or a longer length for a slip or nightgown. I can't believe they managed to sell that for $300! Apparently their buyer doesn't get out much.

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