I’m winding down on two projects, the Make Mine Strawberry cardigan for my toddler, and a stealth sock project for a swap (just the ribbing to do).
I’m waiting on the buttons for the cardigan to arrive before I knit the buttonhole tab because I want to be sure the buttons will fit through the holes (they are slightly larger than the ones used in the pattern). When deviating from a pattern in any way, it is always best to swatch it out first. Knitting the entire button tab, only to find out the holes were too small for the buttons would be tragic.
First, I knit a few rows in the pattern (which happens to be k1 p1 ribbing), then added the simple eyelet buttonhole (one yarn over). I knit a few more rows in pattern and created a second, larger buttonhole using a two-row yarnover technique as follows (with pictures, and yes, I need a manicure):
- With right side (RS) facing, when I got to the point where I wanted to make the buttonhole (they’re not even here, it’s just a swatch), I made a double yarn over (yo). Basically, I just wrapped the yarn twice over the right needle, then continued to knit in pattern to the end of the row.
- Next row (wrong side (WS)), when I got to the double yarn over, I slipped the first one, dropping the extra wrap, then I made another yo, and continued to the end of the row.
- (RS) row, I worked to one stitch before the buttonhole, slipped that stitch knitwise (as if to knit), then knit the two yo strands together, and finally pulled the slipped stitch over. Next, I inserted the left needle under both yarnover strands, then knit those two strands together with the next stitch.
Voila, slightly bigger buttonhole! Now I just have to push my button through each hole to decide which is the best fit. It’s slightly more complicated than a simple one yarnover buttonhole, but it’s nice and tidy and won’t stretch out. Totally worth the extra work.
Next up, I’m planning to do the Pembroke vest (but replacing the center cable with a prettier one) in this yarn:
Yes, it’s acrylic! But this is for my son to wear for Easter, and he’s wool sensitive. I didn’t think cotton would work well with the cables in this pattern, so I chose to use Brava. I’ve used it before, and it’s quite soft, good quality acrylic. When you think about it, it makes sense not to use expensive yarn for children’s knits: ease of washing, sensitive skin, kids grow fast. I try to use cheaper yarn for most of their knits, unless it’s something very special, like M’s baptism dress.
I’m planning a pattern for a sideways shawl using this great yarn from Peaches n Purls:
This color reminds me so much of summer and the beach. I’d like to make a light shawl to wear with sundresses. It will be much too warm here to wear it outside, even at night, in the summertime, but it will be good for cool spring days and nights and overly air-conditioned places.
Beginning March 31st, I’ll be participating in the Game of Thrones KAL using this scrumptious yarn:
Bluefaced Leicester! I’ve never knit with this type of wool before, but it feels very soft in the skein. I’ll bet it softens up even more when it’s soaked and blocked. I believe there is a fan group for this sheep on Ravelry, so I’m excited to be introduced to something new.
Still working on ideas for the last Lorna’s Laces purchase. I had hopes of wearing it to a charity event next week, but don’t think I’ll have the time to finish. I want to finish my son’s vest before Easter, and M just came down with another fever. Then there’s the mountain of laundry, and the mountain of junk in our spare room that is slowly being taken away. It’s a good thing we’re looking for a new house, because we have definitely outgrown this one!
Do you plan your projects in advance or just knit whatever your heart tells you?