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Oct 28, 2013 18:40:46   #
grannysk
 
I'm knitting this hoodie for my 9yr old and 18 month old granddaughters at the oldest one's request.

I finished the smaller one and then realized that it needs a zipper and I hate sewing in zippers so my question is - can I add button and buttonhole bands to it or will it change the size significantly?


 
Oct 28, 2013 18:48:59   #
scottybearNSW (a regular here)
 
One band would overlap the other, so at a guess you would add the width of the band to the size, and that would depend on how many stitches wide you want to make the band and your gauge.
Oct 28, 2013 18:50:23   #
illusionsbydonna
 
grannysk wrote:
I'm knitting this hoodie for my 9yr old and 18 month old granddaughters at the oldest one's request.

I finished the smaller one and then realized that it needs a zipper and I hate sewing in zippers so my question is - can I add button and buttonhole bands to it or will it change the size significantly?


Is that one of the back zip sweaters? I used to love them when my kids were little. There are you-tube videos on easy ways to sew in a zipper in a knitted garment.
Oct 28, 2013 19:00:52   #
ns41c
 
What a great hoodie!
Oct 28, 2013 19:06:29   #
Jenval
 
I have that pattern did not realize it had a zipper have not made it yet though, I have done another pattern that was suppose to have a zipper and I did bands and put buttons on worked out perfect and fits my grandson very well. I pick up the stitches and did the band sideways and made it a wide band work perfectly it did not make much of a difference.
Oct 28, 2013 20:04:16   #
LadyBecket (a regular here)
 
You could add tabs on one edge and the buttons on the other side.
 
Oct 28, 2013 20:07:35   #
grannysk
 
illusionsbydonna wrote:
Is that one of the back zip sweaters? I used to love them when my kids were little. There are you-tube videos on easy ways to sew in a zipper in a knitted garment.



It is a front zipper hoodie.
Oct 28, 2013 20:11:55   #
grannysk
 
Jenval wrote:
I have that pattern did not realize it had a zipper have not made it yet though, I have done another pattern that was suppose to have a zipper and I did bands and put buttons on worked out perfect and fits my grandson very well. I pick up the stitches and did the band sideways and made it a wide band work perfectly it did not make much of a difference.


Thank you - that is exactly what I would like to do with the bands - glad to hear it didn't alter the size too much. It took me a while to realize that there are 2 versions to the pattern - one with a zipper opening and the other is a hoodie sweater with no openings!!
Oct 28, 2013 20:14:27   #
grannysk
 
illusionsbydonna wrote:
Is that one of the back zip sweaters? I used to love them when my kids were little. There are you-tube videos on easy ways to sew in a zipper in a knitted garment.



Yes I have seen the video - didn't inspire me to try that!! My other problem with zippers I have none on hand but I do have a good stash of buttons

:)
Oct 28, 2013 20:16:23   #
grannysk
 
ns41c wrote:
What a great hoodie!



If you are interested I purchased it from http://www.patternfish.com
Oct 28, 2013 21:23:49   #
Naneast (a regular here)
 
Lovely hoodie!
 
Oct 28, 2013 21:24:15   #
Naneast (a regular here)
 
Lovely hoodie!
Oct 28, 2013 21:54:53   #
charliesaunt (a regular here)
 
You could add toggle closures and that wouldn't change the sizing.
Oct 29, 2013 07:26:11   #
SouthernGirl (a regular here)
 
Yes if you make the appropriate changes to the pattern. You'll need a button band
Oct 29, 2013 08:22:12   #
rubberlegstootsie
 
I would use the bands. It will also keep the edge from curling.
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