Button It! by Rain O'Brien
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Button It!

Knitting
November 2010
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
400 - 800 yards (366 - 732 m)
6 months to 5 years. 22 - 30" chest

I had two great ideas for intarsia on a sweater I was making for a friend’s baby, but time to knit only one. That’s when Button It! was born—one sweater with several super cute removable picture patches. When an idea hits, I usually start sketching on the nearest bit of paper, so I whipped up some animal pictures in my design journal, along with some calculations. Crunching numbers to work out the dimensions,
I figured out the best way to centre the intarsia on the patch and developed the basic shape of the sweater. I love how Button It! turned out—it’s sweet, versatile, and practical. The patches are easier to manipulate than a whole sweater front and less work to undo if you make a boo-boo. What’s best is that all of your intarsia work isn’t wasted when the kid outgrows the sweater—simply knit a bigger one and button on the patch.

The pattern also requires 10 smaller than full ball quantities of different colours for the intarsia patches.