How to Make the Front Bands on a Steeked Edge
Before I bind off for the new Funnel Neck ribbed finish and progress to the button bands, I try it on to check for length.
Satisfied with my new neckline, I'm going to pick up some stitches for the first band.
Using a size C crochet hook and that beautiful Electric Blue yarn
I picked up stitches near the steeked opening, about two or three rows away from the cut to make the band.
Here's a close-up of the hook going into the front behind the stitching. Because this is such bulky yarn, I am only allowing 2 rows for the band facing. (The Band Facing is the part that will fold over and be on the wrong side of the garment after the band is knitted.) If it was a smaller gauge yarn, I would make the facing 3-4 stitches wide.
After all the stitches are picked up, I knit a few rows (garter stitch) then bound off the band (zipper to be added later as the closure).
Then I used regular sewing thread to tack the Band Facing down. Because this yarn is rather fuzzy, the fiber itself will *grab* its other fuzzy neighbor fibers and they'll *handshake* together forming a solid join...
Borrowing the instructions from a previous bulky pattern I designed, I knit new sleeves and sewed them into the armhole spaces.