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All Buttoned Up

Folk Style: Innovative Designs to Knit, Including Sweaters, Hats, Scarves, Gloves and More
Knitting Traditions, Winter 2011
Knitting
August 2007
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on larger needles
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
976 - 1464 yards (892 - 1339 m)
26 (30, 34)" (66 [76, 86.5] cm) chest circumference buttoned.

Pattern description from Folk Style: “Browsing through a linens catalog, Pam Allen was taken by a red bedspread with blocks of rustic embroidery. ‘After I began the sweater, I received a postcard that showed an Andean woman knitting - she wore a jacket covered with embroidery and small white buttons. So the idea for the sweater took a turn in another direction,’ Pam confided. Adding embroidery to knitwear allows you to be spontaneous - no need to stay on a grid. And you can add lots of color without having to think about tangled balls of yarn or keeping an even tension.”

Finished Size: 26 (30, 34)” (66 (76, 86.5) cm) chest circumference buttoned.

Yarn: DK weight (#3 Light)
GGH Scarlett (100% cotton; 122 yd (112 m)/50 g): #14 red, 5 (7, 9) balls; #28 light green, #36 orange, and #35 aqua, 1 ball each.

Needles:

  • Body and sleeves - size 6 (4 mm)
  • Edging - size 5 (3.75 mm)
  • Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Markers (m); stitch holders; spare needle of any type in size 6 (4 mm) for three-needle bind-off; tapestry needle; three 5/8” (1.5 cm) buttons for front closure; about fifty assorted small white buttons ranging from 3/8” to 5/8” (1 to 1.5 cm; available at fabric stores); sharp-point sewing needle and patching thread for attaching buttons.

The pattern is on the pages 12-17 in the book.