Whew! I didn’t think I was going to end up being able to post this week! I had something a bit bigger than a knit band calculator planned, but we have had quite the drama over here this week.
This is the last week of school for the kids and I volunteered for their field day on Monday. While I was there my neighbor called me to let me know a fox was in with my chickens! Since I couldn’t just take off and go home, I called Brett frantically and luckily he was close enough to home to hurry back. He was able to save two of my three hens. Shy Guy was a goner though. I came home later that day to feathers everywhere and two very stressed hens. Since two hens isn’t really a flock, I ended up going out and bringing home Easter Egger chicks! The kids were pretty upset when they heard about Shy Guy, but the chicks did help some. 😉
Anyway, I put this knit band calculator together so you can bookmark it and use it to quickly calculate the dimensions of any knit band you want to make.
Knit bands are a pretty and easy way to finish the raw edges of a knit garment. To get them to lay flat and look nice, they need to be a bit smaller than the edge you are sewing them to so you have to gently stretch them while sewing. Patterns and tutorials usually give you measurements for the bands, but sometimes you may need to change those dimensions depending on the stretch and recovery of your fabric. Enter the knit band calculator! All you need to know is the neckline or hem you are attaching your band to and about how small you would like it compared to that measurement. Most knit necklines are cut at about 80% of the neckline so that they lay nice and flat, but there is more variability in other bands like waistbands on tops. If your fabric is very stretchy you may want to go smaller like 75 or 70%, or go a bit bigger for fabric with less stretch or simply a different look. I hope you find it helpful!
For a skirt or shorts yoga waistband see my yoga waist skirt calculator.