I reckon it’s about time to show off a finished object. There have been so few!
I began the Effervescence Cardigan by Olga Buraya-Kefelian some time ago. Months? Years? I have no idea.
The yarn is a beautiful sport weight merino by Kettle Yarn Co. If I remember correctly, it was a bribe of some sort…
It is not a difficult knit, but while finding the time to knit someone else’s design gets harder and harder, it’s so worth it! All that lovely knitting without thinking about a pattern to be written up is so nice.
The body knit up relatively quickly. I find this is often the case—the largest part of the project is finished and then I see something shiny and I’m off.
Months later, I realise it would take just a few minutes to put on the sleeves, but then I have to sort the button band…. This process can go on for years! I don’t think it lasted quite that long this time. However long it took, I finally have a new cardigan and am pleased with it.
I tried a new technique with the button band that I haven’t quite decided on. It may be a great idea that I didn’t execute well, or an idea that is difficult to do well, and there are just better ways.
This was it: I picked up and knit the band as per instruction, then pinned a stabilizing grosgrain ribbon to the inside and marked the button holes.
Then I removed the ribbon, machine-sewed the holes and sewed it back into the knit-band. First with machine,
and when that went slightly awry, by hand…
This produced the result I was after—a stablized band that doesn’t buckle when I wear it buttoned up. However, the holes on sewn and knit band only mostly match up. There are definitely deviations, which aren’t particularly noticeable, but do make for a fun little challenge when trying to button it up while wearing it.
-Knit the band without holes, and sew the grosgrain and knit at the same time.
-Do it the way I did, but making sure the button holes all matched up more carefully.
-Divide the grosgrain in half lengthwise, and sew it either side of the knit-in buttonholes.
-Dispense with grosgrain altogether and knit a double thickness band.
-Something else altogether…… What do you do? What are your recommendations for the non-bucking, stay-straight button band?? Dear reader-please share your advice!