And done!

There we go, much tidier and with buttons I like much better (they're nicely iridescent in person and pick up a bit of the pink of the sweater, much prettier in real life than in the photos)! The stitches will settle down and disappear even more the next time it's washed. And I'll wear the sweater much more often when I can wear it without constantly feeling like I have to tug and wiggle the front closed. This is something I often do to my cardigans (you can see I did it last year here) and I love it. It [...]

May 9, 2024|

General plan

So the general plan is to run the first line of stitching all the way up on the inside. Here it is partly done. And here is how it looks when the whole inside is done. This won't show at all on the outside. Then flip it right side out and run an equivalent line of stitching up the other side of the button band. This can show, just a teeny tiny bit, if you get real real real up close and personal on the stitches (and it will show less once it's been washed a few more times as [...]

May 6, 2024|

Neatly aligned

Four widely spaced buttons on a closely fitted sweater are...not enough to keep the button band neatly aligned. Especially if your bust measurement and waist measurement differ significantly. I am...far more generously built than Verity here is. And even on her, the button band does not hang straight. So since I put my sweaters on over my head and don't mind losing the cardigan functionality, I'm going to fix it. I'll start by flipping the sweater inside out and running a line of stitching up one side of the button band. Once it's done, I'll flip it rightside out and [...]

May 4, 2024|

No, brighter

I have a bright pink sweater. No brighter than that. Brighter still. And I love it...but I have never liked the buttons that came on it. (Bright pink sweater is also excellent kitten trap.) So I'm going to replace them with one of these three. And while I'm at it, I'm going to sew up the button band so that the front of the sweater hangs straight. because using four buttons to hold a form-fitting sweater over a decidedly curvy bit of anatomy will always always always lead to a gaping button band. And that never feels very polished. I'm [...]

May 2, 2024|

Button, button who’s got the button?

I get lots of folks asking where the buttons in some of my patterns come from (Treacherous Winds and Perfectly Finished in Every Point have been the cause of most of the recent ones).  The real answer is 'the basket in my closet,' but I understand that this isn't super helpful (please don't come dig through my closet, it's a mess).  It really is true though, the secret is just keeping that basket well stocked.  And the way I do that is pretty much etsy.  These are my latest find.And the way you find the ones like that (tiny, lovely [...]

December 18, 2015|

Closure

Oh, I almost forgot.  While I've already detailed my yarny acquisitions from the Maine trip, I haven't yet shown you my nifty new buttons.  I know they're not strictly knitting related, but they will almost certainly get used in some sort of knitterly pursuit, so I'm pretending they're fair game.  Aren't they pretty? Now alas, I don't have a website where you can buy them directly.  I got them at KnitWit yarn shop in Portland.  They're pewter, they're handmade by some sort of super genius in the area, and they were all of $2.00 each.  This is a shockingly low [...]

November 17, 2012|
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