Just remember that you're attaching a relatively rigid fabric to a much more flexible one. Go slowly, pay attention to whether you're distorting the knitting, and you'll get it. Eventually. :-)
Lots of pins. Or take it to your LYS and pay them to do it. ;-) (Because I know you have the money.) Actually, I'm sure it's a good skill to have, so here's your chance to develop a new skill! Go 2010! Or something. I'm tired. Good bye.
zippers are a PITA, even on something like cotton fabric, moreso on knits. Mel's advice is good! And so is your sister's.
maybe combine the two suggestions and pay someone at your LYS to watch you and point out problems and hold your hand?
Hi Peter- I'm finally getting back to reading blogs- I did a zipper workshop with an instructor friend of mine a few months ago. I found that my favorite method for hand sewing in a zipper came from Barbara Abbey. She suggests working a firm crochet chain along the inside edge of your selvage, and sewing the zipper to the crochet chain. It worked very well for me. Good luck!
I've never done a zipper with knitting. It is tricky with fabric, so I can imagine it gets a bit more stressful when you add knitting in the mix. Good luck!
You are so brave! The one sweater I have in mind to knit that requires a zipper was going to be shipped off to a family member who is not only a seamstress but a knitter. Perhaps there is hope for me yet!
The zipper you sewed on my sweater works great! Don't give up hope! I would suggest back-stitching, but then again I don't know anything about sewing anything to knitting, and I'm sure as Lisa says it's a PITA. Do sewing machines generally tear up the knitting if you do that?
OMG. I have a sweater sitting on the kitchen counter with a zipper pinned in. I'm just not happy with how it's laying and I DON'T WANNA MESS UP MY LOVELY SWEATER!!!!!
Ouch. I've never sewn a zipper to a knitted piece before but I have put in lining with some success. The keys are lots of pins and patience. Good luck!!