Thursday, September 25, 2014

Baby Grey

Baby Grey, all blocked, waiting for embroidery. Bunnies, anyone?

While we're waiting, I'm going to share what I learned. If you remember, the first top-down baby sweater (Little Birdies) had an edging added. The button bands and the neckline edge and the waist edging were all added last in one continuous circular process. This time, I wanted a more close-fitting neckline, and more of a ribbed looked at the waist. Therefore, I started with the neck ribbing, worked down to the waist ribbing, added the sleeves, and finished them with ribbing. The very last thing to add were the button bands. Only then, did I realize I'd started out the neckline ribbing with the exactly wrong stitch. I had a 50/50 chance of being right. And I was still wrong. I began the ribbing (right side row) with the knit stitch and ended that row with the knit stitch. When I went to add the button bands, those knit stitches got eaten, and I'm left with this weird-looking business. See for yourself:

Another lesson learned. (Why are there are so many of them??!) I will make one more sweater (in pink! of course!) and get this ribbing business figured out for good.

And, for those with extra keen eyesight ..... Yes. I did put buttonholes on both button bands. I intend to sew the buttons over the buttonholes on one side, and then the recipient still has the option to move the buttons to the other band if desired. I'm pretty sure that was originally the great knitter,  Elizabeth Zimmerman's idea. I'm really not that clever.


  1. Double buttonholes and removable buttons are also great for special, irreplaceable or vintage buttons, when one isn't certain about their washability (is that a word?... rhymes with hillbilly LOL).

    As a non-knitter, I am continuously learning how tricky this craft can be,,, y'all just make it LOOK easy :)

  2. Good luck on sorting out *this weird-looking business*. If you hadn't done a close up shot of it I would of had no idea what you were talking about. Probably a good thing that I'm not a knitter then isn't it :)

  3. I have done the buttonholes on both sides, thanks to Elizabeth Zimmerman, and I send the buttons loose, with the sweater. some young moms don't want buttons on sweaters because they are afraid the baby will choke on them. Not quite sure how my kids survived...


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