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Why knit a lining?
When you're knitting a garment with a design that has very long floats, it's
sometimes easier to line all or a portion of it instead of using hook up or
A lining also adds an extra layer of warmth.
The lining should be knitted using very fine yarn to avoid making the garment
too bulky. A 2/30s acrylic or 1 ply yarn like Bramwell's Silky is ideal.
If the design is a single motif on the front of a sweater, only the front needs
to be lined. If, for example, you've knitted a sweater for a child in a
fairisle design, the sleeves could be lined to stop little fingers catching in
For those of us with sensitive skins, pure wool sweaters can be totally lined
in this way.
Making the Lining
Note: Knit the lining before knitting the garment, as it makes
it easier to put together.
Decide on the tension that you are going to use for the garment. Let's assume
that it is T7 (Tension 7) and you're going to make a sweater with a single
motif on the front.
Having determined the sizing and neck shaping, you can now knit your front
Using waste yarn and the tension you are going to use for the main garment
(e.g. T7), cast on the same number of stitches that you would for the main
front. Knit a few rows in waste yarn then knit in the nylon cord.
Using the 1 ply yarn, knit the front lining by following your garment pattern
stitch for stitch and row for row exactly (excluding the rib or hem),
using waste yarn to finish at the shoulders and the neckline. Remove from the
Start to knit the front of your garment. Complete the rib or hem to the pattern
With the wrong side of the lining to the wrong side of the main front, pick up
the stitches from the bottom edge of the lining and place on the corresponding
needles. Remove the nylon cord and waste yarn and continue knitting exactly as
your pattern instructions, again removing shoulders and finishing the neckline
with waste yarn.
When the back and front of your garment are complete, replace the shoulder
stitches from one side of the back on to the machine with the right side
facing. Place the corresponding shoulder stitches of the main garment front on
to the same needles with the wrong side facing. Place the corresponding
shoulder stitches of the lining on to the same needles with the right side
Bring the needles out to E (hold) position, and with the carriage set at
normal, knit 1 row at main tension and 1 row at main tension+3 then latch off.
Pick up the stitches for the neckband. If you're knitting the neckband with the
right side of the main garment towards you, don't forget to pick up the
stitches on the lining first and then pick up the stitches from the main
garment. Complete the neckband according to pattern. Join the remaining
If you're knitting the sleeves of the garment downwards, again remember to pick
up the edge of the lining first, before picking up the edge of the main
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