Petrol Cardigan Complete and a Buttohole Tutorial


Guess what?  My sweater is finished and I'm happy to report that I've already worn it yesterday.  Oh my, I have to say that I will probably make a third sweater like this one, from Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy book of Top Down Sweaters.  She is a mathematical genius!


For the edging of the body and sleeves, I chose garter stitch and then an Icord bind off.  This technique gives the cardigan a polished look.

Of course, Quince and Company Tern wool is heavenly to knit with.  I love how crisp the stitches look and the way the wool silk blend takes the dye differently.  Such depth!!


I thought you'd all like to see an outtake photo...I thought it was funny.  I take all of the photos with the camera timer or with a very very very long arm reach :)


Ah much better!  Ravelry notes are here


Buttonhole Tutorial:

Just a quick note, Andrea from This Knitted Life blog commented on a previous post about the dreaded button holes and bands.  I thought I'd share how I do my button placement.

First off, when the cardigan is finished I place stitch marchers on the button side approximately one inch from the top and the bottom.  Then I place stitch markers in between those beginning and end markers 2 - 2 1/2 inches apart.  If you go 3+ inches you will have gaps when the cardigan is buttoned.

If you have a repeating lace pattern, like I do above, then the stitch markers can be placed exactly after so many lace repeats.  Mine was five repeats, place a marker.

Okay, now I pick up stitches - three stitches are picked up for every four rows all across the edge. For this sweater, I knit three garter ridges and then started the buttonhole row.

I knit to the stitch marker then -yo, knit 2 tog - and tried to have about 12-14 knitted stitches between the buttonholes.  A stitch here and there between 12-14 stitches will not be noticed in fingering weight yarn.




Comments

  1. Love this sweater! The color is wonderful and the style looks wearable and simply elegant.

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  2. You may have knit the perfect cardigan -- I love the color, lace detail, and how wearable it is. I'm not a sweater knitter, but you've got me seriously considering this one.

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  3. Oh Karen, it's lovely! I love that color too!

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  4. Aw, you are so sweet to mention me and include a tutorial. This is very reassuring and helpful, but I am still coming over to your house for help with my first button band (even if it is 4,000 miles away).

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  5. You knit a beautiful cardigan. I love the lace detail and the lovely color!

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  6. Gorgeous cardigan! I love everything about it: the color, the style, the yarn and the buttons you chose. And the fit looks perfect.

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  7. Your cardigan turned out absolutely lovely! You'll have a great time with such a wearable piece! Well done!

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  8. lovely lovely! and that colour!!! yay!

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  9. The cardigan is lovely! It looks amazing on you-everything about it is wonderful!

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  10. Such a beautiful pattern and yarn, it looks amazing on you. I am not really a knitter prefer to crochet but my dear Mum always has something on her needles. I may be able to tempt her with this one.

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  11. I love everything about this sweater! Especially the color. I have Anne Budd's Top Down Sweater book and I'm interested in getting it down off the shelf now and planning my own sweater....on top of everything else I have going on... :)

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  12. It's beautiful Karen and I can't believe you have already worn it, I am melting down here!!!

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  13. That's the prettiest knit I've seen today. YOu deserve to wear it out! I love blues. Thanks for the button tutorial. Buttons get to me too! Glad to hear you loved your quince and co yarn. My daughter swears by them

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  14. That sweater is to die for! And it fits you perfectly! The lace panels are so pretty. And thanks for the button tutorial!

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  15. It's beautiful! One of my favorite colors!

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  16. *claps* YAY! What a lovely finish. I love the feminine detailing of the lace and how the sleeves almost has a puffy sleeve look on top. This would be so sweet with a dress or a top with a Peter Pan collar.

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  17. Fantastic! Lovely cardigan, it looks lovely on you too. xx

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  18. It's a really lovely sweater and I am cheering that you are already wearing it. I brace myself every time I do a button band, but there is no way I can do it without those clippy stitch markers! Ha, now that I think about it, I wonder if this is why most of my cardigans I've been knitting have been open style and button free, ha!

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  19. It is gorgeous, and looks lovely on you :)

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  20. That is a lovely sweater. The Quince colors are so rich. Thanks for posting the information on the buttonholes.

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  21. Beautiful sweater! and I love the color!

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  22. What a lovely cardigan! I looks wonderful on you. I am off to find that book so I can take a look at the pattern.

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  23. It's truly beautiful!! Wow.

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  24. As with everything you knit Karen, this is beautiful! I love the outtake photo! Top down sweaters are one of favorites to knit.

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  25. Love the sweater. You always pick the prettiest colors.

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  26. Ooooh! Beautiful! I love the simplicity of it. The small lace borders really make it and the color is gorgeous. It also fits you perfectly. Impressive!

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  27. It's gorgeous, I love the colour. Thank you for the tutorial it makes perfect sense and sounds so easy when put like that!

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  28. This cardigan looks great on you! The blue is just perfect. Thanks for the buttonhole tutorial!

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  29. Perfect! I love the detail, and the colour is fab.

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