Granny's Button Jar by Vikki Bird

Granny's Button Jar

Knitting
January 2017
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1471 yards (1345 m)
97 cm × 95 cm (38 ¼ in × 37 ½ in)
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When I was little I used to love playing with my Mum’s stash of buttons, now I’m an adult with children of my own I have a pretty extensive stash of buttons, and my love of buttons inspired this design. Granny’s button jar features rainbow-coloured intarsia buttons in a bright-pastel palette on a neutral background.

The blanket is 97 cm × 95 cm (38 ¼ in × 37 ½ in) with the central panel surrounded by a moss stitch border that is knitted at the same time as the rest of the blanket. The main body of the blanket is knitted in stocking stitch and features buttons incorporated using the intarsia technique. The buttons are knitted from a clear, numbered chart, and the pattern features a diagram to indicate which order the coloured buttons should be knitted in.

This blanket is knitted in a soft machine washable aran weight yarn, and colour substitutions can easily be made to fit your preferences; the blanket features seven different colours of button. If you wish to work each button in a different colour, you will require 25 m/30 yds of CC per button.

Tension: 18 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm (4 in) in stocking stitch worked on a 5 mm (US 8) circular needle, or size needed to obtain correct tension.

Other craft(s) required, if any: Swiss darning/duplicate st, optional

Tools:
5 mm (US 8) circular needle at least 80 cm (32 in) in length
Stitch markers × 12
Darning needle
Bobbins for holding the different yarn colours during colourwork
Chart row marker

Materials:
Aran weight yarn (ideally a plied acrylic, wool or wool/acrylic blend) in each of the following colours:
MC (White): 720 m/785 yds
CCA (Strawberry): 100 m/110 yds
CCB (Light pink): 75 m/85 yds
CCC (Light yellow): 100 m/110 yds
CCD (Lime): 100 m/110 yds
CCE (Aqua): 100 m/110 yds
CCF (Lavender): 75 m/85 yds
CCG (Light grape): 75 m/85 yds

The sample is knitted in Red Heart Soft Baby Steps 100% acrylic: 164 m (179 yds) to 100 g in MC: White, 00001; CCA: Strawberry, 00004; CCB: Light pink, 00003; CCC: Light yellow, 00002; CCD: Lime, 09630; CCE: Aqua, 00006; CCF: Lavender, 00010; CCG: Light grape, 00009.

Difficulty: Intermediate (knit, purl, intarsia)

Pattern Style: Blanket pattern is written out in full, the picture sections are charted.