Zips are the ultimate functional fastening, ideal for garments, bags and cushion covers. They come in many weights and lengths and a wide range of colours, and can be used between two knitted edges.

If you’re looking to add this fab functionality to your makes, here is an easy to follow step-by-step guide we’ve made just for you…

With the zip closed, place one knitted edge just touching the zip teeth. Don’t stretch or pucker the knitting. Pin the zip in position and use contrasting thread to tack the zip in place.
Repeat to attach the other knitted edge to the opposite side of the zip. Position the second edge carefully so any patterns or stripes match exactly.
Turn over to the wrong side and use matching sewing thread to oversew the edge of the zip tape to the back of the knitting. Use small invisible stitches.
Turn back to the right side and work small backstitches close to the knitted edge through the knitting and the zip tape. Remove the tacking threads. Fold and stitch the tape ends neatly to the back of the knitting.

Choosing the right zip

The weight of zip depends on the weight of the knitting. Dressmaking zips are perfect for lightweight knits, while chunky knits need heavier zips with larger teeth. The length of the zip is crucial – choose the right one from a wide range of standard lengths. A zip that is too long will result in a stretched knitted edge. If the zip is slightly too short, don’t gather the edge to fit; leave the last few rows of knitting free. Choose a colour that tones with the knitting yarn, or try the decorative effect of a contrasting colour.