Skinny Rabbit Slideshow Productions Presents:

"Free-Loop Backstitching a Collar, Bay-bee!."

(Alternatively titled, "Is it too early for a margarita?", and "Day-UM this neckband is loooooooooooong" starring Rabbit with Morning Bedhead and Twisty Sweater.)

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(Tip: Use cotton yarn for the provisional rows. Easier to unravel.)

There are three basic steps for this technique. This is the first step.

(Tip: I leave the tail of yarn from the last row of the neckband REALLY long and that's what I use to do the sewing.)

This is the second step.

(Tip: I place that seam at the center back of the garment - where I always start when sewing on a collar - and use the yarn tail you see at the top to close the seam of the neckband later on.)

This is the third step. What's that? A closeup? Alright. One... Two.... Three...

Ta-da! (Tip: Don't pull the working yarn too tightly while sewing and check every once in a while to make sure that the stitches you're making are even. Oh, and be patient. If the neckband is as long as this one and you don't want a sloppy job, you're going to be doing this for a while.)