Miss Vivian, as I have taken to calling my sweater (in my head, that is; this is the first time I’ve referred to her as such “out loud”), is very nearly complete… ish. Both sleeves are done, and last night I joined them with the body and started working on the yoke decreases, leading up to the saddle shoulders.
After the shoulders comes the hood, and then the weaving in ends and blocking and then finished! Except, not. There’s the pesky matter of adding some sort of closure. Typically, that closure is a zipper, and while I love the idea of a handknit zip hoodie, the idea of actually sewing in the zipper makes me a bit squeamish. I’ve never tried to sew anything onto knitted fabric, much less a knitted fabric that I’ve spent weeks knitting. I’m sure I’m making a bigger deal of it in my mind, but I also know that I’m going to have to do this zipper-sewing by hand.
My sewing machine is temperamental at best, downright devilish on its bad days, and there’s no way I’m letting it get anywhere near my handiwork. I have great plans of learning to sew, but I think they’re going to have to follow great plans of saving up money to buy a new machine. In the meantime, I’ve got to figure out the best way to approach sewing a zipper into knitted fabric by hand. Has anyone done this before? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!