How to Attach Labels to Knitted Items

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How to Attach Labels to Knitted Items
Clothing tags help users properly care for knitted clothing. (purple knitting image by hazel proudlove from

"Knitting is one of the oldest and most popular needlecraft arts," according to Katharina Buss, author of "Big Book of Knitting." Knitting has its roots in the Middle Ages and started as an activity to keep young girls occupied. Today creating knit items in the form of hats, scarves, sweaters and mittens provides a medium for hobbyists to share and sell their creations. Attach labels and hand tags to knit items to show users how to care for and maintain knitwear. Get creative with labels to give knitted items a personal feel and an enhanced brand image.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Woven label
  • Pins
  • General purpose needle
  • Heavy duty cotton or polyester thread
  • Scissors
  • Card stock
  • Pens
  • Hole punch
  • Narrow ribbon
  • Darning needle

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    Choose an area to place a fabric label on a knitted item. Pick the back collar area for a sweater, the inside cuff of mittens or socks, or along the edge of scarves and cover-ups. Arrange label on the knitted item and pin into place.

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    Thread a needle with cotton or polyester thread. Knot one end of the thread. Bring the needle up through the knitted item and along one edge of the pinned label until you meet resistance from the knotted thread. Pass the needle back down through the label and the knit fabric.

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    Sew small stitches around the entire outline of the woven label. Knot the thread close to the label and cut away remaining thread.

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    Create a label for your knit piece out of card stock. The label should be large enough to include your name or brand, a simple description of the type of yarn used and instructions on how to care for the items. Print the information out on a printer or handwrite them in a decorative font, such as calligraphy.

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    Punch a hole with a hole puncher near the top of your label. Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to thread through the label and the knitted item.

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    Thread a darning needle with the ribbon. Insert the ribbon through the hole of the label and through an opening of the knit piece. Hold the other end of the ribbon to ensure the label and knit fabric does not slip off.

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    Slide the needle off of the ribbon. Tie a knot or simple bow around the ends of the ribbon to attach the label to the clothing.

Tips and warnings

  • Pre-wash knit items to keep a sewn label from puckering.
  • Include care and wash information on your labels or hang tags.
  • Use the ribbon label for knit items with a large weave.
  • Practice creating labels on scrap paper before making the final template.

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