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March 05, 2007

All zippered up

Four zippers, a massive colorcard, a letter to ZipperStop, and five lengths of grosgrain ribbon from j. caroline creative is all it took for me to finally finish my Brilliant Retro.

This time around I left the iron out of it all together!

And on the inside... a dash of color!


Now I can finally claim that this is the most wearable sweater I've ever knit, since I can actually wear it. I love the lack of gapping so much, I wonder if I'll knit a buttoned cardigan for myself ever again?

I think the reason I had a difficult time picking a good zipper match is because it's hard to visualize plastic zipper teeth using a piece of fabric as a guide. The plastic is shiny and solid, and the zipper backing is woven - light hits these two materials differently! Zipperstop matched my swatch flawlessly, but let me tell you this much - I would have never chosen this zipper based on the little fabric swatch in the colorcard. It looks way too dark and too violet on its own. Colorcards are great, but the human eye is the clear winner here.

Posted by Kathy on March 5, 2007 10:37 PM


Thanks for all the info about putting in a zipper. I'm to that point on my cardigan too, and thanks to you, I know just what to do!

Wow, it turned out great! You may have sold me on this pattern, too. Wasn't too keen on it when I first saw it in Interweave, but it looks great here. (And I love the color.) Kudos!

Really, really cute! I love the patterned fabric inside.

Fantastic! Great fit!

Awesome! Congratulations -- it looks terrific on you. I would've gone with the striped ribbon, but I think your choice was the better one. And thanks for pointing me to ZipperStop... I'm a big fan of zippers, and I'm happy to have a reliable source for them!

Worth every second, it is BRILLIANT!

I know it is the plastic that throws me. I'll have to send them swatches from now on as well. I am sitting here, really happy that it worked out for you.

That is SWEET all the way around. You've hit another winner.

Super cute! I really love the extra dash of color on the inside. Little details like that always makes an item a bit more special. :)

love it! and now I'm inspired to go add ribbon to all my zippered knits!

The patterned ribbon is indeed the perfect touch. You are a testament to patience paying off in the end - I'm inspired by the time you spent getting the details "just so." Bravo!

That is so very gorgeous! Bravo.

Lovely sweater! And the ribbon you picked is a great finishing touch!

That's darling! Yay you!

Looks fantastic! I love your choice of ribbon.

Your sweater looks great (the handsewing looks perfect)!! I'm knitting the 'Mariah' sweater off Knitty and I'll be dealing with the zipper issue, too. I love the ribbon you put on the inside---it fixes one of the things I don't like about handmade clothing items with a zipper; the inside of the zipper is so ugly! I'm going to keep your links for the zipper & the ribbon. Thanks for all the info on this process!

I love how it turned out, I have to admit, I didn't like the first zipper. I love the color of the new zipper and the ribbon is fantastic. The sweater looks amazing on you!

It looks even better this time around. I love the polka dots! Perfect choice.

It's awesome! Congratulations on getting it finishes and meeting your expectations. :) The ribbon on the inside is like a special little bonus. Perfect!

I love your finished sweater. I am seeing so much inspiration to put a zipper into a cardigan that I'll have to try it soon. I also love the ribbon inside. Those will be two new skills for me to learn. I do enjoy learning. Thank you for sharing.

Yay for finding the perfectly matching zip, and the ribbon is a great touch!

Wow! That turned out great! I love the "dash of color". It's perfect for both the garment and you!

Your attention to detail - truly brilliant! Am sure you will wear it alot. The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree - the color looks lovely. Could it be Grandma Rozas' color works well for her grandaughter?

Wow. Super. Fabulous. Gorgeous. I love it!

A beautyful sweater with very nice details!

Your sweater is so flattering- 100 times better than the original!

Terrific! And I love that you chose the polka dotted ribbon for the inside.

That's gorgeous, and makes me actually want to knit the sweater, something I hadn't even considered before! Congratulations.

It looks fantastic on you!! I love the dash of colour. I think I will have to add ribbons too, when I do zippered knits.

It turned out even better than I thought it would! That zipper really is a great match. The ribbon finishes off the sweater so well - amazing!

I love it. Congratulations on a job well done! I'm in the process of making a Ribby Cardi (chicknits pattern) right now and have been SERIOUSLY sweating the zipper issue. I only hope mine comes out half as nicely as yours did!

Excellent! This really looks perfect on you!

great work, kathy! i always enjoy reading your persistance in knitting!

That turned out absolutely amazing. The ribbon selection was perfect, perfect, perfect!

Love it! That's definitely the ribbon I would have picked -- just a little touch of whimsy inside!

Dead on! And the ribbon, a perfect touch to a fun knit.

The sweater looks awesome! I too hate the button gaps on some cardigans.

I love the color that you added. Such a nice personal touch.

Glad all your efforts paid off! The ribbon is really a fantastic touch.

That is a perfect match for the zipper. And the sewing up looks perfect. Congrats on a perfect fit sweater. IMO, that's what knitting is all about.

It's fantastic! And I absolutely love the ribbon on the inside.

I love the matching zipper better, looks great and a nice touch with the ribbon.

Your quest for the perfect zipper is inspiring! I need to be more of a perfectionist so I'll actually wear my knitting. :)

looks fabulous. what a great idea with the ribbon! i would so use that with a buttoned cardigan too! (i mean it is still fun picking Buttons!)

It looks wonderful! And so very wearable!

I think the zipper effort was really worth it. I also think *someone* enjoyed taking the rack shots. :)

Nice job ... this zipper color is great. Good to have a recommendation of a zipper source.

That was a sweater that got passed over in my eyes in the magazine, but seeing your version of it, it looks great. I'm glad it's a sweater that you can actually wear, no wonder you love Classic Silk. My LYS starting carrying Classic Elite and Classic Elite silk, so I am excited to try it out.

That looks so great! The ribbon is the perfect touch.

Perfect! I'm so glad you chose the dots, they were my favorite.

Fabulous. I haven't done a cardi with a zipper because, like you I have a significant bust. All the zippered cardis I've owned buckle and gap like crazy. Armed with your excellent explanations of how to figure zipper size so that it won't buckle, I plan to make one that actually fits. Thanks!

How satisfying to knit something you'll get so much use out of! It looks fantastic! And thanks for the zipper info. I'm fighting with one right now, myself.

It's perfect. The next time I put a zipper into a sweater I'm sending it to you :-)

Congratulations on finally finishing the sweater.

That really does look good now. I'm so glad you replaced the other zipper, it just looked awful. I thought you'd lost your lovely perfectionism on that one, glad to see it still intact. ;) The ribbon on the inside is a great touch, I'd never thought of that, I might try that on my ribby cardi. Enjoy wearing your lovely sweater.


It looks great!!

Wow - looks fantastic! I love the pop of color on the zipper lining. It really make the whole sweater look even better!

Looks great!

Perfect fit!

Love it! I like the matching zipper much better.

Great sweater! Love the zipper and fun ribbon inside.

Wow! Your sweater looks great!

Great fit! They matched the zipper color well, I wouldn't have chosen that color from a colorcard either.

ooooo. Must. knit. retro..... beautiful!

How lovely! I think the polka-dot grosgrain is an excellent choice -- it's so charming.

I love the zipper! The grosgrain is wonderful looking! Great job!

I'm with you, zippers are the way to go! Your cardie looks amazing, so good work.

I am also a huge fan of the Zipperstop, so much better than making do with what the local fabric emporium carries.

I loved it the first time around...and it's even better now! Dude, it's SWWWEEEEEEEEETTTTTTT!!!

Mazel tov! It looks great! With all the gaping in the pattern photo, I never would have knit this. It's always so informative to see "real-life" knits. Thanks for sharing the process.

Wow! I love love love how the ribbon makes it pop. I'm definitely keeping that in mind for the future. In fact, I can go back and add that to one I've already done. Off to the fabric store!

You do win the prize for best zipper-to-sweater match, worth all the tears and duds that came before. That ribbon is just the sweetest touch!

Your sweater looks fabulous. Great job.

Your sweater is gorgeous. You are always inspiring me to try to reach knitting goals that I haven't met yet (finishing a sweater is one of them).


Your sweater is amazing! You'll wear it a lot! It's so inspiring to hear your process of getting this sweater done just right.

Your sweater turned out amazing and it fits so well.

Honestly, when I first saw this pattern in the magazine I never gave it another thought. I didn't like the color mostly. Now seeing it in blue, I'm thinking I should workout a bit and burn off the baby fat and make myself a fitted sweater.

Lovely! And I love the contrasting ribbon on the inside - those sorts of little details are the best.

I'm *so* glad you chose that ribbon for the inside! It's gorgeous! Absolutely love how that zipper fits in with no sagging and bagging - you're a genius! Lovely sweater.

Glad you figured everything out. I think the ribbon is a great touch!

You went with my fav, the polka dot.
That rocks, it's wonderful. :)

Fits you like a purpley glove of perfection. Love the polka dot trim. And that zipper matches perfectly. You certainly have an eye for detail! (And a deep, profound love for periwinkle!)

The sweater is lovely, but your idea to use the grosgrain ribbon on the inside really adds the crowning touch. Tres couture!

That looks fabulous! Perfect match and a perfect fit! Have I mentioned how much I love the ribbon?

I'm so glad you finally found the right zipper! That's so gorgeous, I love it!!

Oh, so pretty! I hope you actually get some wear out of this, cause it looks awesome.

Your new sweater is just stunning! Thank you again for the wonderful zipper tutorial.


Just gorgeous, and I'm lovin' that surprise ribbon.

Fantastic! I love the finished product, the dotted ribbon is the perfect finish. Good for you, being persistent until you found just the right notions to finish it off.

God, that's beautiful. Bravo!!!

I love it! The color of the yarn *and the zipper!* look fantastic on you!

Turned out great... Love the little ribbon surprise. :)

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