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
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.