Ok. It wasn’t that bad. I fixed the cardigan. And it wasn’t even all that hard.
This goes out to all those knitters who may have read my previous post and have been frightened away from button holes forever.
I had a tantrum. It’s not that bad. By it is a finicky process and you have to do it right. Gauge is really important.
1) I removed the button hole band on Friday night. Then I removed all of the sewn on buttons.
2) I left the button band itself attached to my cardigan because it was the right length. The pattern recommended that I knit it most of the way, then attach it while it was still on the needles so that I could more easily determine if I needed more or less length. Good tip.
3) I counted rows of my button band to find out how many rows I would need to knit for my button hole band. No more measuring with a measuring tape for me. I’m going to measure by the only yardstick that means anything in knitting. My actual gauge.
4) I then figured out my button placements based in the number of rows. Evenly spaced and everything. I sewed the buttons on.
5) I cast on the button hole band, counting my rows very carefully, spacing my button holes so they corresponded exactly to the placement of my buttons. This worked very well.
6) Before sewing up I actually buttoned the button hole band on over the button band to ensure that it would not stretch unpredictably. And it didn’t. Everything was perfect.
Victory. I declare victory.
I’m don’t know if this description is at all similar to what knitting teachers tell you to do. But it worked for me.
the stupid button band is conquered and the sweater looks fantastic! You *almost* have inspired me to install a zipper on a sweater vest that has been done but for the zipper for a year now. How hard can it be??? 🙂
Now the button hole band is as awesome as the sweater! A lesson in persistence for us all.
It never quite works out right the first time, does it! Lol still, you’ve got it right now though and it looks wonderful. Well done!
It looks fabulous, and I love your smile of victory. Tantrum away for something as annoying as that, but I am so glad you got it to work. The sweater looks great and the buttons and button bands really tie it all together. Congrats!
Good for you for going back and fixing it right away!
I’m so glad you lived through it all.
Fab cardigan! Glad you conquered the bands. Its the bit I dislike the most about cardigans…
Sometimes all we need to do is get a problem out into the open and poof! solved! Your sweater (and you) looks fabulous!
p.s. You have given me courage to finish that last 1% of a child’s sweater that has languished for a year and a half b/c I was afraid of the buttonholes.
Hey. Neat. Worth it for that alone.
Looks great! Nice and cozy.
It looks beautiful. Great job
that is fabulous!!!!
(and yes gauge is the only real measurement that matters)
Looks great! So glad you were able to fox it.
SO glad you got it sorted. It looks amazing!
Woot! Well done for managing to fix it! And those buttons really go well with it 🙂 Success all around this time I’d say
Your sweater looks awesome! I love the color 🙂
Congrats for not letting it beat you
Looks like it was worth the headache – the sweater looks great on you!
Yay for you!! Well done! It looks fabulous!
Congratulations! I’m glad you’ve fixed it. These little details make a difference on the finished product.
phew… Well done, caityrosey! And now you’ll be smiling like that whenever you wear your gorgeous cardigan 🙂 ♥ ❤