How to Line Knitted
Adding a lining to a
knit or crocheted garment will help it keep its shape, add warmth, and
prolong the life of the garment. This is especially true of heavy
garments or yarn that is stretchy. Most knitting and crochet patterns
do not give instructions for making a lining. You can cut, sew and
attach a lining if you follow a few tips.
Press and block the
finished knitted or crocheted pieces. Make a pattern by laying the
pieces on tissue paper, then draw around the pieces. Use sewing chalk
as it will not permanently mark your clothing piece if you touch the
edge. Cut out the pattern pieces 1/2 inch larger than the pencil line
for a seam allowance.
Your lining will not
cover neck, wrist, waist or button bands, or ribbed edges. You may not
wish to line the whole garment so consider which parts you wish to
line before you make your pattern pieces. For example, if your skirt
has a flounce, you may wish to line only the top portion of the skirt
whereas you will wish to line all of a slim skirt. You will probably
only wish to line the body portion of a sweater, not the arms.
Remember to always leave a half inch seam allowance around the entire
Sew the lining
pieces together before attaching to your garment. I would suggest you
baste or pin (pins can get caught in the knitting) the pieces first.
Then insert into the garment wrong sides together and check for fit
and sizing. You do not want your lining somewhat smaller than the
garment or you will have wrinkling and pulling. Check for fit in
zipper, armhole and neck areas. If you are satisfied that the
assembled garment fits correctly, then sew the pattern pieces
Insert the sewn
lining into the garment and carefully slip stitch it in place around
the neckline, armholes and sleeve edges. Loosely tack the side seam
allowances of the lining to the corresponding seam allowances of the
garment from the underarm. This will prevent the lining from riding
up. If your garment has a lacy, open stitch, or is heavy, or has a
stretch to it, place a stitch to attach the lining to the garment
invisibly at intervals through out. This will help it keep its shape.
Remember, you want
to keep the shape of your garment but you do not want it to bunch to
fit the lining. Lining does not stretch, knitting and crochet will stretch. If you
find that that your garment bunches at the side seams, remove the
stitches that are causing the problem.
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